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 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
|1||107||Sri Lanka||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||24 December 2009|
|2||102*||Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||11 January 2010|
|3||118||Australia||APCA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam||20 October 2010|
|4||105||New Zealand||Nehru Stadium, Guwahati||28 November 2010|
|5||100*||Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||19 February 2011|
|6||107||England||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff||16 September 2011|
|7||112*||England||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi||17 October 2011|
|8||117||West Indies||APCA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam||2 December 2011|
|9||133*||Sri Lanka||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||28 February 2012|
|10||108||Sri Lanka||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||13 March 2012|
|11||183||Pakistan||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||18 March 2012|
|12||106||Sri Lanka||MRIC Stadium, Hambantota||21 July 2012|
|13||128*||Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||31 July 2012|
|14||102||West Indies||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain||5 July 2013|
|15||115||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||24 July 2013|
|16||100*||Australia||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur||16 October 2013|
|17||115*||Australia||VCA Stadium, Nagpur||30 October 2013|
|18||123||New Zealand||McLean Park, Napier||19 January 2014|
|19||136||Bangladesh||Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah||26 February 2014|
|20||127||West Indies||HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala||17 October 2014|
|21||139*||Sri Lanka||JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi||16 November 2014|
|22||107||Pakistan||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||15 February 2015|
|23||138||South Africa||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||22 October 2015|
|24||117||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||17 January 2016|
|25||106||Australia||Manuka Oval, Canberra||20 January 2016|
|26||154*||New Zealand||Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali||23 October 2016|
|27||122||England||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||15 January 2017|
|28||111*||West Indies||Sabina Park, Kingston||6 July 2017|
|29||131||Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||31 August 2017|
|30||110*||Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||3 September 2017|
|31||121||New Zealand||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||22 October 2017|
|32||113||New Zealand||Green Park Stadium, Kanpur||29 October 2017|
|33||112||South Africa||Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban||1 February 2018|
|34||160*||South Africa||Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town||7 February 2018|
|35||129*||South Africa||SuperSport Park, Centurion||16 February 2018|
|36||140||West Indies||ACA Stadium, Guwahati||21 October 2018|
|37||157*||West Indies||ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||24 October 2018|
|38||107||West Indies||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||27 October 2018|
|39||104||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||15 January 2019|
|40||116||Australia||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||5 March 2019|
|41||123||Australia||JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi||8 March 2019|
|42||120||West Indies||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain||11 August 2019|
|43||114*||West Indies||Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain||14 August 2|
Virat Kohli’s Test centuries
|1||116||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||24 January 2012|
|2||103||New Zealand||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||31 August 2012|
|3||103||England||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||13 December 2012|
|4||107||Australia||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||22 February 2013|
|5||119||South Africa||Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||18 December 2013|
|6||105*||New Zealand||Basin Reserve, Wellington||14 February 2014|
|7||115||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||9 December 2014|
|8||141||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||9 December 2014|
|9||169||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||26 December 2014|
|10||147||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||6 January 2015|
|11||103||Sri Lanka||Galle International Stadium, Galle||12 August 2015|
|12||200||West Indies||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound||21 July 2016|
|13||211||New Zealand||Holkar Stadium, Indore||8 October 2016|
|14||167||England||ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||17 November 2016|
|15||235||England||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||8 December 2016|
|16||204||Bangladesh||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad||9 February 2017|
|17||103*||Sri Lanka||Galle International Stadium, Galle||26 July 2017|
|18||104*||Sri Lanka||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||16 November 2017|
|19||213||Sri Lanka||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||24 November 2017|
|20||243||Sri Lanka||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi||2 December 2017|
|21||153||South Africa||SuperSport Park, Centurion||13 January 2018|
|22||149||England||Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham||1 August 2018|
|23||103||England||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||18 August 2018|
|24||139||West Indies||Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot||4 October 2018|
|25||123||Australia||Perth Stadium, Perth||14 December 2018|
|26||254*||South Africa||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||10 October 2019|
|27||136||Bangladesh||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||22 Novem|
Can Virat Kohli Break Sachin Tendulkar’s Record?
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.
The century drought continues
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