Virat Kohli can add another 26 hundreds in the next 5-6 years, if he plays till 40: Sunil Gavaskar

Virat Kohli scored his 46th ODI ton against the Lankan Lions in the final game in Kerala.

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Former India cricketer and 1983 World Cup winner Sunil Gavaskar lavished massive praise on flamboyant batter Virat Kohli for his sensational outings lately. The former India skipper is currently relishing a terrific run with the bat as he scored an unbeaten knock of 166 runs in the massive 317-run win over Sri Lanka in the final ODI in Kerala. 

Interestingly, the batter also registered his 46th century in the ODIs and is just four tons shy of surpassing India legend Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 centuries to his name. With this, Sunil Gavaskar opined that Kohli could very well get another 26 hundreds assuming he plays till 40.

“In case he plays, 5 or 6 years, he will get to the 100. There is no doubt about it. His average is about 6 hundreds a year. So, if that happens, then surely, he can add another 26 hundreds in the next 5-6 years, if he plays till 40. Sachin Tendulkar also played till his 40s and he kept his fitness. Kohli is very aware of his fitness. He is still the fastest runner between wickets in this Indian team,” India Today quoted Gavaskar as saying.

Virat Kohli adjudged Player of the Series

The dominating knock of 166* runs off 110 balls also meant that Kohli scored the fastest-ever 150 in the 50-over format in India as he took just 106 balls, a feat that was previously owned by Australia’s George Bailey, who had taken 109 balls.

With this, the swashbuckling right-hander was named Player of the Series for scoring 283 runs in three matches at an average of 141.50 and a strike rate of 137.38. The Men in Blue completed a series whitewash 3-0 against the Islanders in Kerala in the final ODI as the latter were bundled out for 73 runs in the chase of 390.

Kohli will aim to keep his consistency as team India plays New Zealand in a three-match ODI series scheduled to commence on Wednesday, January 18.

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