Virat Kohli !!!! Who doesn’t know that name ? By now, it doesn’t matter whether you are an Indian or not. If you are a cricket lover, you will recognize that name. Kohli was the captain of the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. He represents Delhi in first-class cricket and is the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League.
Virat Kohli hit seven sixes and a further eight hits to the fence to score a breathtaking 100* in the second ODI between India vs Australia, to hit the Fastest ODI Century by An Indian..
The Delhi batsman, who scored his sixteenth ton, blitzed his way to a century off just 52 balls, eclipsing Virender Sehwag’s record. Sehwag has scored his century in 60 deliveries. Kohli had come to bat at a time when India required 176 runs to win off 143 deliveries. Post the batting carnage, Kohli said he was happy that everything he tried “came off the middle of the bat”. He also revealed his tactic of countering Australia’s plan to bombard him with short-pitch bowling: “I wasn’t worried about the short-pitched stuff, I pulled a few of them early and then they started bowling half-volleys.” This was Kohli’s 16th ODI century in 115 innings. Australia lost the unlosable, with India producing the second-highest run chase of all time to stun the tourists.
Virat Kohli’s stats for the Ind vs Aus ODI held on 16th October, 2013 in Jaipur read:
100 not out in 52 balls (7 sixes, 8 fours, Strike rate 192.30)
Phenomenal, just phenomenal, I would say !!!
His innings is now also the 7th fastest ODI century ever. Kohli was the recipient of the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2012. SportsPro has rated him the 13th most marketable athlete in the world. And, by the way, this was also the second highest successful run chase in the history of ODIs (362 in 43.4 overs), behind South Africa’s 438 against the very same team, Australia (434).