This amazing century against one of Virat Kohli’s favourite opponents came with its share of astounding records, just like several of his prior innings. In the rain-affected Asia Cup Super Four match against Pakistan, Kohli raised India’s total from 50 off 55 balls to an unbeaten 122 in 94 balls by hitting 72 runs off his final 39 balls. As KL Rahul batted beside him, Kohli was in excellent form as the pair crushed Pakistan’s bowling lineup.

Here, we go through some significant dates and records related to the great batter’s 47th ODI century.

The Colombo love

At the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo, where he frequently bats, Kohli averages a staggering 128.20 runs per game. The No. 3 hitter now has four consecutive hundreds in ODIs at the location after scoring hundreds in 2012 and 2017 (twice) against Sri Lanka.

The 128.20 is the highest batter average in ODI history after nine or more innings at a single location. 

Quickest to 13,000 ODI runs

It takes some accomplishment to reach 13000 ODI runs, but to do it more than fifty innings faster than one of the best players to ever play the game is incredible. Although Kohli’s place in the pantheon of ODI superstars is already assured, this outstanding achievement highlights how great a career he has had.

While Sachin Tendulkar needed 321 innings to attain the milestone, Virat Kohli did so in 267 innings. The only other three batters to reach the mark, Ricky Ponting, Mahela Jayawardene, and Sanath Jayasuriya, also required more than 300 innings.

The cherry on top is Kohli’s unbelievable format average of 57.62, which is second only to Babar Azam among all players who have played at least 100 innings of batting.

Highest partnership for India v Pakistan in ODIs

In addition, Kohli and Rahul put on an ODI record-breaking 233-run partnership (unbeaten), surpassing the 231-run partnership between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar in Sharjah in 1996.

The unbroken partnership ranks second in ODIs for India’s third wicket after Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar’s 237* against Kenya in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

The stand, which came at a stunning rate of 7.24 runs per over, occurred at 123/2. In ODIs against Pakistan, it is the third-fastest double-century stand.

Joint-highest total against Pakistan

With the help of plenty from Kohli and Rahul, India equaled their 2005 performance in Vizag by scoring 356 against Pakistan, which is the team’s joint-highest total in ODIs.

In addition, it is the greatest total ever against Pakistan at a neutral venue for men’s ODIs, ranking seventh overall.

Kohli’s Asia Cup record

In 14 ODI matches during the Asia Cup, Kohli averages a staggering 67.18 with four hundreds and more than 100 strike rates. In terms of hundreds, Kohli is tied with Kumar Sangakkara for second place, behind only Kumar Jayasuriya (6 hundreds), and he has a chance to catch up to the Sri Lankan legend during this tournament.

He still holds the record for the greatest individual score in the Asia Cup with 183 versus Pakistan in the 2012 edition of the competition.


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