Virat Kohli Centuries: Is he the king of Three Figure Mark?

Virat Kohli has grown from a promising cricketer to one of the greatest of all time during the course of the last decade or so.

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Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Indian captain Virat Kohli is undoubtedly a giant of modern-day cricket. For over a decade now, Kohli has been continuously adapting and improving making the life of bowlers across the world miserable in the process. The batting legend has scored 22,286 runs in international cricket thus far. Kohli is only the third Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to score over 20,000 runs in the international arena.

Kohli is often lauded for his temperament and the numbers prove his might with the bat. The Delhi batsman has a remarkable conversion rate of almost 50% across formats. And that explains why Kohli boasts of 70 hundreds in international cricket, only third behind greats of the game Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. The fact that it took Virat Kohli only 468 innings to notch up 70 tons proves why he is hailed as one of the best the game has ever seen.

Kohli broke into the Indian team on the back of an impressive campaign in the 2008 U19 World Cup where he led the side to the title. Following a great start, the modern-day great saw a huge dip in his career following the 2011 World Cup as he vied to balance his game across formats. Kohli bounced back in style as he worked hard on his technique. Even as he struggled during the early 2010s, the centuries kept coming time and again as he worked his way through the slump.

It’s only after Virat Kohli crossed 7,000 runs in ODIs, which took him 161 innings, that he began to take off. It has taken him only 81 innings to reel off the subsequent 5000+ runs to get to 12,000 runs, which is another record in this format. Kohli pipped Hashim Amla by one innings to become the fastest to 8,000 runs. He was also the fastest to 9,000 runs, 10,000, 11,000 and 12,000 runs.

How many centuries has Virat Kohli completed?

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has a total of 70 centuries to his name of which 43 have come in ODIs and 27 in Tests.

Virat Kohli’s ODI centuries

No.ScoreOppositionVenueDate
1107Sri LankaEden Gardens, Kolkata24 December 2009
2102*BangladeshSher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka11 January 2010
3118AustraliaAPCA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam20 October 2010
4105New ZealandNehru Stadium, Guwahati28 November 2010
5100*BangladeshSher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka19 February 2011
6107EnglandSophia Gardens, Cardiff16 September 2011
7112*EnglandFeroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi17 October 2011
8117West IndiesAPCA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam2 December 2011
9133*Sri LankaBellerive Oval, Hobart28 February 2012
10108Sri LankaSher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka13 March 2012
11183PakistanSher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka18 March 2012
12106Sri LankaMRIC Stadium, Hambantota21 July 2012
13128*Sri LankaR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo31 July 2012
14102West IndiesQueen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain5 July 2013
15115ZimbabweHarare Sports Club, Harare24 July 2013
16100*AustraliaSawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur16 October 2013
17115*AustraliaVCA Stadium, Nagpur30 October 2013
18123New ZealandMcLean Park, Napier19 January 2014
19136BangladeshKhan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah26 February 2014
20127West IndiesHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala17 October 2014
21139*Sri LankaJSCA International Stadium, Ranchi16 November 2014
22107PakistanAdelaide Oval, Adelaide15 February 2015
23138South AfricaM. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai22 October 2015
24117AustraliaMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne17 January 2016
25106AustraliaManuka Oval, Canberra20 January 2016
26154*New ZealandPunjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali23 October 2016
27122EnglandMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune15 January 2017
28111*West IndiesSabina Park, Kingston6 July 2017
29131Sri LankaR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo31 August 2017
30110*Sri LankaR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo3 September 2017
31121New ZealandWankhede Stadium, Mumbai22 October 2017
32113New ZealandGreen Park Stadium, Kanpur29 October 2017
33112South AfricaKingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban1 February 2018
34160*South AfricaNewlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town7 February 2018
35129*South AfricaSuperSport Park, Centurion16 February 2018
36140West IndiesACA Stadium, Guwahati21 October 2018
37157*West IndiesACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam24 October 2018
38107West IndiesMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune27 October 2018
39104AustraliaAdelaide Oval, Adelaide15 January 2019
40116AustraliaVidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur5 March 2019
41123AustraliaJSCA International Stadium, Ranchi8 March 2019
42120West IndiesQueen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain11 August 2019
43114*West IndiesQueen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain14 August 2

Virat Kohli’s Test centuries

No.ScoreOppositionVenueDate
1116AustraliaAdelaide Oval, Adelaide24 January 2012
2103New ZealandM. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore31 August 2012
3103EnglandVidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur13 December 2012
4107AustraliaM. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai22 February 2013
5119South AfricaWanderers Stadium, Johannesburg18 December 2013
6105*New ZealandBasin Reserve, Wellington14 February 2014
7115AustraliaAdelaide Oval, Adelaide9 December 2014
8141AustraliaAdelaide Oval, Adelaide9 December 2014
9169AustraliaMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne26 December 2014
10147AustraliaSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney6 January 2015
11103Sri LankaGalle International Stadium, Galle12 August 2015
12200West IndiesSir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound21 July 2016
13211New ZealandHolkar Stadium, Indore8 October 2016
14167EnglandACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam17 November 2016
15235EnglandWankhede Stadium, Mumbai8 December 2016
16204BangladeshRajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad9 February 2017
17103*Sri LankaGalle International Stadium, Galle26 July 2017
18104*Sri LankaEden Gardens, Kolkata16 November 2017
19213Sri LankaVidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur24 November 2017
20243Sri LankaFeroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi2 December 2017
21153South AfricaSuperSport Park, Centurion13 January 2018
22149EnglandEdgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham1 August 2018
23103EnglandTrent Bridge, Nottingham18 August 2018
24139West IndiesSaurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot4 October 2018
25123AustraliaPerth Stadium, Perth14 December 2018
26254*South AfricaMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune10 October 2019
27136BangladeshEden Gardens, Kolkata22 Novem

Can Virat Kohli Break Sachin Tendulkar’s Record?

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli
Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

When one talks of hundreds, they can keep Sachin Tendulkar out of the conversation. Sachin is the player with the highest number of international hundreds to his name. Ever since the maestro retired, there were speculations if any player will ever be able to break Sachin’s record of 100 tons. And the first name Sachin had in mind who could shatter the record is that of Virat Kohli.

While Kohli was starting out back then, trying to make a name for himself on the big stage, the chubby kid from Delhi is now the best in the business. With 70 tons to his name at the age of 32, Kohli is the closest and best equipped now than ever to break the illustrious record. With pitches now more in favour of the batsman and an added advantage of playing T20I, Kohli is certainly the prime contender to break the record.

If we compare the numbers, both the top order giants have almost identical in this stage of their careers. If Virat Kohli goes at the current rate, he would need another 110 innings to overtake the master batsman. Given his form and fitness, that would not be very difficult for the Indian skipper.

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The century drought continues

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Unfortunately, it seems like Virat Kohli has hit a dry spot, not when it comes to piling up runs. But when it comes to hundreds, it has been over 500 hundred since Kohli breached the three-figure mark. It was in India’s maiden day-night Test where Kohli last hit a ton as he played a sterling knock of 136 runs against Bangladesh. Ever since the Delhi batsman has failed to get to the landmark despite crossing the 80s on multiple occasions.

Since that Test, the Indian captain has played 31 matches across formats, 13 T20Is, 12 ODIs and 6 Tests, and is yet to reach the elusive three-figure mark. In the total of 35 innings that he has batted in, Kohli has struck 12 fifties and averages 40.18 while scoring a total of 1286 runs. While there has been seemingly no drop in his run scoring, the centuries have dried up.

Since his debut in 2008, never had Kohli gone through a calendar year without a ton in international cricket. But aa pandemic saw cricket take a break and with only nine ODIs and three Tests to his name, for the first time since 2009, Kohli went centuryless in 2020. So far in 2021 too, the Indian skipper has faltered more than twice after crossing the 80 run mark.

But the occasion is just perfect for the 71st hundred as India gears up for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. As Virat Kohli is all set to lift his very first ICC trophy, he might very well grace the occasion with his 28th Test century to equal Ponting’s record of 71 international tons. The England tour which will follow will also have

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