Twitter Reactions: Virat Kohli crafts a well-compiled 40th ODI century in Nagpur
Kohli brought up the ton in 107 deliveries.
Updated - Mar 5, 2019 4:37 pm
It goes without saying that Virat Kohli has carved himself a position amongst the legends of the game owing to his run-churning spree in international cricket. He has hardly gone out of form and has turned out to be a massive headache for the opponents. Today, the 30-year-old from Delhi went on to notch his 40th One Day International century against Australia in Nagpur.
The right-hander wasn’t at his fluent best at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, but he made sure that he blends caution with aggression and never throws his wicket away. He looked good in the opening match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad and fell prey to leg-break bowler Adam Zampa, who trapped the batsman plumb in front.
Virat Kohli smothers the Aussie bowling
In Nagpur, Kohli came to bat after Pat Cummins got rid of hometown boy Rohit Sharma for a six-ball duck. He took his time and put on a 38-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan for the second wicket. He saw Ambati Rayudu’s wicket fall in the 17th over. However, Vijay Shankar turned out to be an appropriate foil for the experienced Kohli and the duo added 81 crucial runs.
Shankar, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni got out in quick succession and the onus was then on Virat to shoulder the team to a decent score. He racked up his half-century in 55 balls and looked ominous for the Aussies, who haplessly tried their hearts out to get his wicket. However, the visiting team, captained by Aaron Finch, couldn’t get his wicket and Kohli got to his century.
The batsman scored the century in a mere 107 balls with nine boundaries. It was also his 65th international ton. Speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled a short and wide delivery and Kohli smacked the leather through the point region to get to the milestone. After the accomplishment, Twitter heaped praises on Virat for yet another masterclass with the willow in hand.
Here is how Twitter showered praises on the batsman
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 5, 2019
💯 @imVkohli 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 5, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 5, 2019
I mean he is only 9 ODI tons away from Sachin. ONLY EFFING NINE!
Take a bow, tie, suit everything – @imVkohli
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) March 5, 2019
Stand up and applaud. The Run Machine brings up his 40th ODI Century 👏👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019
Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019
This is Virat Kohli's first century against Australia at home in 18 International innings. Last home ton against the Aussies came in 2013 also at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. #INDvAUS
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) March 5, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) March 5, 2019
40th in ODIs
65th in International cricket
18th as captain in ODIs
36th as captain in International#IndvAus
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) March 5, 2019
Virat Kohli becomes the first human to score 40 hundreds in ODI cricket 🙌🙌
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 5, 2019
Most centuries in Asia in international cricket:
71 – Sachin Tendulkar
45 – Kumar Sangakkara
40 – VIRAT KOHLI*
39 – Mahela Jayawardene
33 – Younis Khan #INDvAUS
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 5, 2019
ODI 100s by @imVkohli:
8⃣ v Sri Lanka
7⃣ v Australia
7⃣ v West Indies
5⃣ v New Zealand
4⃣ v South Africa
3⃣ v Bangladesh
3⃣ v England
2⃣ v Pakistan
1⃣ v Zimbabwe
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 5, 2019
This is @imVkohli at his finest, getting runs amidst the ruins! In slightly challenging conditions, he's just backed himself and let go of the ego of a great batsman. Even in cruise mode he's delivered a potentially match-winning Century #Virat40th100 #IndvsAus
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) March 5, 2019
Barring handy support from Vijay Shankar, this has been a stupendous one-man show by @imVkohli. India could conceivably get to 300!if he bats till the end which would be extremely daunting for Aus batting second
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 5, 2019
— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) March 5, 2019
— MJ Imran (@mjimran) March 5, 2019
— Harry Watt (@gigHaWatt) March 5, 2019
I don't know india will win or lose today bt @imVkohli a big round of applause for u 👏👏😍😍 u r the best best best 😍😘😘😘
— Karela Queen:) (@vaishu924) March 5, 2019
— Abhishek Vajpayee (@VajpayeeMukku) March 5, 2019
— Swapnil joshi (@Unique_aamAadmi) March 5, 2019
Freaking run machine this guy @imVkohli 💪🏻
— Uzair (@uzair_mehta) March 5, 2019
— Mrunmayee (@Mrunmayee10718) March 5, 2019