Virat Kohli posted two back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka. With these tons, Kohli came near to breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record. The 34-year player improves his ranking in the new ICC Batsmen.
Former India skipper Virat Kohli scored his 45th ODI land 73rd career century in international matches on Tuesday as India beat Sri Lanka. With his back-to-back ODI centuries, Kohli is now very close to breaking Sachin Tendulkar‘s record. Jubilant fans wasted no time in declaring that King Kohli was ‘back on his throne.’
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The former India skipper had a torrid period last year with the willow. He struggled to make an impact in Test cricket, with the T20Is being the most productive format for him. He showed glimpses of his form in the final ODI against Bangladesh in December. By scoring an ODI hundred after more than three years. And the 34-year-old has made the perfect start to 2023. He was seen in the old fashion at the Barsapara Stadium. Dominating bowlers, dissecting fielders around the ground, and scoring runs across the stadium.
Virat Kohli has moved up two spots to go sixth in the ICC men’s ODI batters’ rankings after scoring his 45th century in the format in the first game against Sri Lanka. Kohli’s 113 saw him overtake Jonny Bairstow and Steven Smith in the rankings.
India captain Rohit Sharma, who scored 83 off 67 in the same match, also moved up a spot to the eighth rank. Babar Azam, who scored back-to-back half-centuries in the ongoing series against New Zealand, continues to top the batting charts in ODIs, with 891 ranking points.
Virat Kohli is now second to Sachin Tendulkar in terms of ODI centuries. Kohli has 45 ODI centuries to his name, just 4 behind Tendulkar, while playing 195 innings less than the former India batter.