5 Times when Virat Kohli's tons for India were overshadowed by his own teammates

5 Times when Virat Kohli’s tons for India were overshadowed by his own teammates

Even being at his very best, Virat ended up playing second fiddle in a few games.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by DAVID ROWLAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli, the Indian all-format captain, is third on the list of most centuries scored at the international level. A couple of more tons would help him overhaul Ricky Ponting’s tally of 71 tons at the highest level.

Though, the Delhi-born is quite a distance away from Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries, he has already carved his name amongst the greats of Indian cricket, if not across the globe. Kohli is someone, who thrives under pressure and it’s evident from the way he constructs his innings in run-chases.

In 416 matches for India, he has 21,901 runs and is expected to take down a few more records in the future. Moreover, he has made own plenty of Player of the Match awards. But, there have been instances, when he didn’t quite hog the headlines owing to his own teammates.

In the article, let’s take a look at five times when Virat Kohli’s knocks didn’t bag the limelight: –

1. Pune ODI against England 2017, Kedar Jadhav’s 120

Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli
Kedar Jadhav and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was Virat Kohli’s maiden ODI series as the full-time skipper of Team India. In the very first match against England, he was in with a task of helping his team chase down 351. He didn’t flatter to deceive, scoring 122 off 105 with eight fours and five sixes. But it was Kedar Jadhav, who managed to steal the limelight.

He came to bat after the hosts lost four wickets with a mere 63 on the board. From there, he put on a 200-run stand with Virat to bail India out of jail in the run-chase. Even after Kohli got out with 88 runs needed, Jadhav carried on.

Kedar notched his century off 65 balls and went on to score 120 off 76 balls with 12 fours and four sixes. When he got out, the required rate was down to a run-a-ball in the last 10 overs. Jadhav eventually got the Player of the Match award.

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