India vs England, 3rd ODI: Will Virat Kohli End His 492-day Century Drought and Surpass Ricky Ponting?
Virat Kohli last scored an international century on 22nd November 2019 against Bangladesh in India’s inaugural Pink-ball Test at the Eden Gardens, and even though he has managed to go past the 50-run mark 17 times since then across formats, he has failed to reach the triple-figure mark. In the England series itself, Kohli scored seven half-centuries in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is combined. And it has been 492 days since Kohli’s century drought, his second-most lean match in terms of centuries in his career.
A prolific run-getter and a century-maker, Kohli is close to achieving quite a few milestones with another ton to his name, it’s been a long wait. If Kohli managed to get one more century he will take it ODI hundreds tally to 44 and overall to 71. He will equal Ponting’s tally of most hundreds across format with 71. He currently has 70 tons in 433 matches, while Ponting 71 came in 560 matches. The tally is led by Tendulkar who has 100 international centuries from 664 matches.
A ton for Kohli would have also meant he would have been the captain with most hundreds across formats, surpassing Ponting. Ponting and Kohli currently are joint-most with 41. In the last match, He also became only the second player in the history of the game to score over 10,000 runs batting at No.3 position. The Indian skipper registered his 105th fifty-plus score (62 fifties and 43 hundreds). En route to the knock he completed 10,000 ODI runs and is now second only to Australian great Ricky Ponting, who had scored 12662 runs in 330 innings batting at No.3.
Kohli had also surpassed former South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs scored as captain. Needing 41 runs to surpass Smith’s ODI tally of 5416 runs in 150 ODIs as captain, Kohli got to the milestone in 50 balls. Ponting leads the list with 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain, followed by MS Dhoni with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as captain. Stephen Fleming and Arjuna Ranatunga are in the third and fourth spots.