Virat Kohli is the best cricketer on the planet right now. Fans cheer ecstatically and opponents break a sweat when he walks out to bat. Statistics will prove that the Indian skipper dominates the game and by the looks of it there’s no stopping him. Cheeku, as the team fondly calls him added his 34th century to his bag. And now, the list of things he can celebrate for is just exhaustive.
The 34th century at the Newlands Stadium in South Africa is special for the skipper and marks a unique record. Virat Kohli has now achieved the feat of scoring 34 centuries in 101 fewer innings than cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. While Kohli reached his 34th ODI hundred in his 197th innings, Tendulkar had reached the landmark in his 298th innings against Namibia in 2003. Kohli has now hit 55 international hundreds, the fifth most in the history of the game.
If that’s not all, the Indian skipper also surpassed another Indian record as he overtook former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly's 127 to register the highest ODI score by an Indian against South Africa in South Africa.
Talking about the game, Virat Kohli’s majestic ton and spinners Kuldeep Yadav (4/23) and Yuzvendra Chahal’s (4/26) spun a web around the hosts as India overpowered South Africa by 124 runs to take a 3-0 lead in the 6-match series on Wednesday, February 7.
Although there had been a lot of controversies revolving around the selection of players since India’s loss at the first and second test matches against South Africa, Kohli always stood by his decisions and delivered as promised.