Twitter in awe of Virat Kohli for his nonchalant 36th ODI century
He was so fluent in his approach that no bowler has troubled him so far.
Published - Oct 21, 2018 7:47 pm | Updated - Oct 21, 2018 7:49 pm
How often does he scores century in a steep chase? Virat Kohli batted with utter ease on a belter of a track in Guwahati and has so far made a mockery of the 323-run chase. He, along with Rohit Sharma, has just toyed with the opposition bowlers who have tried everything in their kitty. At the halfway mark, the game was hanging in the balance as the visitors had surprised everyone with their approach and rode on a stunning century from Shimron Hetmyer to post 322 runs on the board.
While the onus was on India’s opening pair, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit, the former was castled by the debutant Oshane Thomas with a pacy delivery. This brought the captain Virat Kohli to the crease only to add to the agony of the Windies. He was so confident of himself from the word go that the batsman walked towards the fast bowler to play the strokes. Kohli took some time to get hold of Thomas’ pace and pummelled him into the submission to let him know the hard yards in the international cricket.
Authoritative pull strokes
Virat Kohli was in no mood to give away the chance of scoring big today and the stage was set for him. He raced through to his half-century, which has become a norm nowadays, off just 36 deliveries. Looking at the mayhem, Jason Holder brought himself into the attack to stem the run flow but even he was hapless. Kohli’s placement was so accurate that the quick outfield at the Barasapara Cricket Stadium made the shots look even superb.
There was also an attempt of hurrying him on the backfoot with the short deliveries. But the world knows now that the World’s best batsman is very good at pull strokes and he owns runs off that shot. The 29-year-old has set so high standards of his batting that at one one point time while batting on 84, he wasn’t happy with the way he was batting having missed out on a couple of shots.
Though he slowed down a bit later in the innings, there was no stopping Virat Kohli and fittingly brought up his 36th ton with his favourite shot, cover drive in the 27th over. Team India and the fans would want him to bat more as the target is still a fair way away.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Kohli’s yet another century:
Indian cricket so fortunate to have one batsman every generation since the 70s to have extra ordinary ability and insatiable hunger for runs. Virat is one for this generation.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 21, 2018
Oh hello chako ek hor 💯 number 36 🇮🇳 take a bow king kohli 🙏🙏🙏😊 @imVkohli
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) October 21, 2018
Virat Kohli now has 22 hundreds in chases only.
The whole West Indies XI has a combined tally of 15 hundreds in ODIs (batting first or second).#INDvWI
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 21, 2018
8th century for Virat Kohli in 300+ chases in ODI cricket. Next best: 4 centuries by Kumar Sangakkara. #INDvWI
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 21, 2018
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 21, 2018
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) October 21, 2018
60th in International cricket
36th in ODIs
31st as captain in Internationals
29th at No.3 position in ODIs
22nd when chasing in ODIs
14th as captain in ODIs
8th in 2018 in Internationals#IndvWI
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 21, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 21, 2018
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 21, 2018
8th century by Virat Kohli while chasing 300plus in ODIs. By far the most by any batsman – four more than the next best Kumar Sangakkara. #IndvWI
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 21, 2018
Most centuries by captains in ODIs:
22 – Ricky Ponting
14 – VIRAT KOHLI*
13 – AB de Villiers #INDvWI
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 21, 2018
Virat Kohli as Captain – 14 ODI Hundreds
All Pakistani Captains – 12 ODI Hundreds pic.twitter.com/A5eZpxRaai
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) October 21, 2018
What a year he is having @imVkohli wonder if he will break Sachin’s ODI 100s record in the world cup. If that happens the cup is made for ICC because India will inevitably do well. Well played yet again today.@vikrantgupta73 @cricketaakash
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 21, 2018
All hail, King Kohli 👑
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018
Virat Kohli 105*
– 36th overall in ODIs
– 22nd in run chases
– 15th at home
– 14th as captain (Second most after Ponting's 22)
– 5th vs WI (Most for India)#INDvWI
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 21, 2018
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) October 21, 2018