Virat Kohli, the dashing Indian batsman, made history on Sunday by scoring his 46th century in the third and final One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram.

In Kerala, Virat Kohli defeated many records en route to scoring his 74th international hundred. He surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 20 tonnes with the century, which was his 21st at home in the second-longest version of the game.

Virat Kohli also passed Sri Lanka veteran Mahela Jayawardene to take over sixth place among all-time ODI run-scorers throughout the course of his stunning performance. Only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), Ricky Ponting (13,704), and Sanath Jayasuriya are ahead of Virat Kohli with 12,754 runs (13,430).

The Indian superstar scored an undefeated 166 from 110 deliveries to reach his 74th career international century while maintaining a breathtaking touch throughout.

Virat Kohli displayed a new side of his batting talent during his explosive innings in Kerala’s capital, smashing eight sixes, including one that traveled 97 meters.

The former India captain hit more sixes during this ODI knock than any other. The cricketer from Delhi smashed 13 boundaries in addition to eight shots over the fence throughout his innings.

A wonderful In just 85 deliveries, Virat Kohli reached his century but then changed his strategy right away. His score of 166 not out ranks second in One-Day Internationals and is his greatest at home.

 

Additionally, Virat Kohli made history by being the first non-opener to have 5 ODI scores of 150 or more.

Additionally, Virat Kohli just needed 259 innings to amass 46 hundred in one-day international cricket, becoming him the fastest to do it. On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar, the previous record holder, required 431 innings to get there.

He now has 10 centuries against Sri Lanka, making him the only player in ODI history to reach that mark. He and Sachin Tendulkar had shared the lead with nine scores against Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and Australia, respectively.

Virat Kohli

He was the first cricketer to have that many three-figure runs against two international teams when he hit his 9th hundred earlier in the series against Sri Lanka. Additionally, Kohli has nine tonnes versus the West Indies.

Recently, Virat Kohli has been in incredible form. His 44th ODI century against Bangladesh in December, which ended an almost three-year drought in the format, was his third hundred in his past four outings.

Along with critics like Gautam Gambhir praising the former India captain, the previous cricketers from all over the world talked after the former captain’s knock.

Virat Kohli was dubbed the “boss of this era” by Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal following his outstanding innings.

“Congratulations on yet another hundred Virat. Keep shining and keep entertaining everyone like you have done,” Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma said on Twitter.

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“What absolute dominance by India in the final ODI, and the series! It’s wonderful to see Virat Kohli back at his best in white-ball cricket, this unbeaten 166 was special even by his lofty standards,” India legend VVS Laxman reacted.

“The centuries are starting to roll off the conveyor belt again for Virat Kohli,” noted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle posted.

Fans responded to his scorching hundred as well.

One supporter commented on Twitter, “King Kohli domination at Kerala, 166* runs from just 110 balls, Take a bow, GOAT.”

“What a display by Virat Kohli – 166* in just 110 balls with 13 fours and 8 sixes,” a different supporter chimed in. What an inning, and what a player! Bow down, King Kohli!

A third remarked, “Comparing Virat Kohli with someone like Babar Azam is a disservice to cricket.

Virat Kohli

A fourth said, “It’s fantastic to see Virat Kohli back to his best in white-ball cricket; this undefeated 166 was special even by his lofty standards.”

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli seemed ecstatic with his batting performance in his initial response to reaching his 46th ODI century.

“I have no idea (about Player of Series awards). For me, it’s just a byproduct of the intent I have, a mindset that I play with. Mindset is always to help the team win, bat for as long as possible and if you do that, you end up making a difference,” he told Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

“I have always played for the right reasons, help the team as much as possible. It is just intent, playing for the right reasons. Ever since I came back from the long break, I have been feeling good. “I don’t have that desperation to get to a milestone.

I am just enjoying my batting, being in a space where I can relax. Today (Sunday) as well, I was just happy to be out there batting. I am in a nice space right now and want this to continue,” he added.

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