Former India captain Virat Kohli scored his 46th ODI century in the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, January 15.
The hosts whitewashed the three-match series by defeating the Dasun Shanaka-led team by 317 runs. Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar believes that Virat Kohli can break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI century record before the start of the Indian Premier League.
Virat Kohli struggled with the bat and didn’t score centuries for almost three years. The 34-year-old took the monkey off his back in ODIs by scoring his 44th century against Bangladesh after 1214 days and scoring two more centuries in the next three innings. Kohli has been scoring centuries at will and needs four more centuries to surpass Sachin Tendulkar for the most centuries in the 50-over format, which could happen in the near future.
We Have Six ODIs Before IPL And All He Needs His Three Centuries – Sunil Gavaskar
In a conversation with Sports Talk, Sunil Gavaskar highlighted that India will play six ODIs before the start of the IPL and said that Virat Kohli could equal Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of ODI centuries.
“The form that he is in, the way that he is playing right now…now we have three matches against New Zealand and three more against Australia. So we have six ODIs before IPL. And all he needs his three centuries. The way he is batting right now, why shouldn’t we feel that those three hundreds happen before the IPL,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
India will host the white-ball series against New Zealand beginning January 18, comprising three T20Is and three ODIs. While Rohit Sharma will be the captain in ODIs, Hardik Pandya will lead in the shorter format.