Kohli becomes 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundreds

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Virat Kohli slams his 40th ton against Australia in Nagpur.

Indian batting stalwart and captain Virat kohli smashed his 40th century in the second ODI of the five-match series against Australia in Nagpur today. In the process, he became the only second cricketer after legend Sachin Tendulkar to erect his feet in the league of batsmen with 40 or more hundred. Tendulkar leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries.

Meanwhile, Kohli now has four centuries against Australia as many as of Sachin in India. This was also Kohli’s second hundred against Australia this year. In Adelaide, Kohli had scored 104 as India chased down 299 against Australia in the second match of a three-ODI series.

Overall, this was Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list for batsmen with most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are tied on the second spot with seven hundreds each.

Virat Kohli was in sensational form in 2018 as he hit 11 centuries in international cricket including 5 in Tests and 6 in ODIs.

In 2019, Kohli played 6 ODIs before the five-match series against Australia started at home. In New Zealand, he played three ODIs before being rested for the final two matches. He was also rested for the three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.

Virat Kohli, who debuted in 2008, is among the greatest batting stars in limited-overs cricket

Kohli, who took charge of India’s limited-overs teams in 2017, has sensational stats as ODI skipper. 18 of his 40 ODI hundreds have come while leading India.  Kohli smashed as many as 24 of his 40 hundreds while chasing successfully.

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