Virat Kohli (PC-AP)
Virat Kohli (PC-AP)

With two hundred in three One-Day International matches against Sri Lanka, former Indian captain Virat Kohli has had an incredible start to the new year. When New Zealand visits India for a three-match ODI series, followed by an equal number of games in a T20I series, Virat will seek to keep up his winning ways.

In the most recent ICC ODI rankings for batters, Kohli has ascended to fourth position as a result of his outstanding efforts against Sri Lanka. Still, the 34-year-old will be aiming for many more records against the BlackCaps.

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Virat Kohli
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In the last ODI against the Lankan Lions, the legendary batsman made an unbroken 166 runs, giving the hosts a commanding 317-run victory. The New Zealand team, captained by substitute skipper Tom Lathan, will be the target of Kohli’s attention. The Men in Blue will be put to the test against the top-ranked ODI side in the world, as the Kiwis enter the series after defeating Pakistan.

Virat Kohli Needs To More Hundreds To Go Past Ricky Ponting And Virender Sehwag

When Virat Kohli hits the field on January 18 for the first ODI in Hyderabad, he will be aiming for two legendary records after scoring three century in his previous four innings. The daring batsman has a long history of success against New Zealand, and he will be aiming to break Ricky Ponting’s all-time record for the most hundreds in ODI cricket against the tourists.

Virat Kohli
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In order to overcome Ponting, Virat has to hit two more hundreds. He is now tied for second place with players like Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, who both struck five tonnes against the BlackCaps.

With six centuries apiece against the Kiwis, Sehwag and Ponting are at the apex of the list. Fans will be happy to learn that four of Kohli’s five hundreds have come against New Zealand at home, despite the fact that his recent record against them hasn’t been great.

He has also scored 224 runs and achieved two fifty-plus scores in his last seven matches against the Kiwis, but the former Indian captain will be aiming to correct that record in Hyderabad.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
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India’s updated ODI squad against New Zealand: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik.

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