India captain Virat Kohli will surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s huge ODI feat and Ricky Ponting’s record as he steps into the batting in the first ODI against England at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Tuesday.
It has been one year and 122 days since Kohli scored a century in international cricket. He had his last ton in the Day / Night Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 23, 2019.
In the 50-year format, Kohli has also taken 1 year 222 days to score a century. His last ODI century was against Australia in Ranchi on March 8, 2019.
If Kohli can score a century in the first ODI on Tuesday, he will match Tendulkar’s Indian batsmen with the most centuries (20) in ODIs. But that is not all. He also became the captain with the highest number of centuries in international cricket.
Currently, both Kohli and Ponting are at the top of the list of captains with the most centuries (41) in international cricket.
With a ton in the first ODI, Kohli will also be equal to Ponting scoring the most centuries as captain (22) in ODIs.
Kohli came back strongly in T20I, scoring 231 runs in 5 matches at an average of 115.5 and a strike rate of 147.13. His innings of 80 from 52 balls in the series decider helped India set a mammoth target of 225 to chase England.
Kohli was also adjudged Man of the Series for his performance.