With his dismissal for 63 on Wednesday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli ended his 11-year streak of hitting ODI hundreds in every calendar year since 2009.
Kohli hit his first ODI hundred in December 2009 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens and since then he has never failed to score a ton in any calendar year. Virat Kohli, the run machine has a total of 43 ODI centuries to his name.
A reason for this is the fewer number of matches India has played in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kohli has otherwise been in a terrific form particularly in the last three years and hit 17 ODI tons.
However playing in the third ODI on Wednesday at the Manuka Oval, the Indian Skipper Virat Kohli touched another milestone as he became the fastest batsman to score 12,000 ODI runs. The batsman has broken the ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar’s record who took 309 matches to achieve this feat. While Kohli has taken only 251 matches to reach the landmark.
In the second ODI against Australia in Sydney, he became the fastest batsman to complete 22,000 international runs.
Virat Kohli has performed well in the ongoing ODI series. Though his performance in the first ODI was quite disappointing as he could score only 21 runs, in the second and third ODI, he did quite well. In the second ODI, he smashed 89 runs, while in the final ODI, he smashed 63 runs.
Undoubtedly, 2020 hasn’t been a good year for Virat Kohli as India captain as the Asian giants have lost 5 back-to-back ODIs – 3 in New Zealand and 2 in Australia. He might become the first India captain since Sunil Gavaskar in 1981 to lose more than 5 ODIs on the trot.