Indian run-machine Virat Kohli broke another record of the player – Sachin Tendulkar – he idolised in his early days as a young cricketer in Delhi.
Thursday’s unbeaten, match-winning 111 which gave India a 3-1 win in the five-match ODI series against the West Indies in Kingston, was Kohli’s 28th ODI hundred and 18th while chasing.
The 28-year-old superstar broke the record of Tendulkar who had 17 ODI centuries for India while chasing.
Remarkably, Kohli took only 102 innings to reach the 18th century while chasing. Tendulkar, on the other hand, needed 232 innings for his 17 centuries while chasing in one-day cricket.
Chasing 206 for victory on Thursday, India reached home with eight wickets in hand as their captain played yet another brilliant one-day innings.
“Today was another clinical performance for us. Winning in a chase is always a nice feeling,” said Kohli after receiving the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
“It’s always about getting the team over the line. It’s not about personal stats and personal achievements but ensuring we get to the target that’s on the scoreboard.”
Kohli said that sometimes even a smaller knock could be more memorable if it came in difficult batting conditions.
“In hindsight, when you look at those things, you understand the importance of those knocks. Maybe the 49 in Bangladesh against Pakistan (in the Asia Cup T20 2016) was the best I’ve played in the last couple of years. It was only 49, it wasn’t even 50, so I think the quality of the knock, you can think of it only later, when you play in different conditions when you understand how difficult the previous conditions were,” he was quoted as saying by cricinfo.
But Kohli (28 centuries in 189 matches) now stands behind only Tendulkar (49 centuries in 463 matches) and Ricky Ponting (30 centuries in 375 matches) on the list of all-time highest century makers in the history of one-day cricket.