Canberra ODI: Virat Kohli 11-year streak ends as India captain finishes without ODI hundred in 2020


It was the first time since he scored his maiden ton in 2009 that India skipper Virat Kohli has not scored a century in a calendar year

India skipper Virat Kohli has not scored a ODI century in 2020. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 terrific form particularly in th last three years and hit 17 ODI tons
  • Prior to a dip in form in 2020, he hit 6 ODI centuries in 2017, 6 in 2018 and 5 in 2019

With his dismissal for 63 on Wednesday, India skipper Virat Kohli ended his 11-year streak of scoring ODI centuries in every calendar year since 2009.

That’s been the class of the batsman who now has 43 ODI centuries. Kohli scored his maiden ODI ton against the Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in December 2009, and has never failed to score a ton in any calendar year.

He has been in such good form the last three years that he has scored 17 ton since just 2017- six in 2017, six in 2018 and 5 in 2019.

Of course, a reason for the infamous record is also the fewer ODI matches this year due to the coronavirus-induced pandemic.

However, at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday, Virat Kohli also got to another milestone, one that he can be incredibly proud of. He became the fastest batsman to get to 12,000 ODI runs. The batsman reached the milestone in his 251st ODI game, breaking the record of ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar, who had done it in 309 matches.

On Sunday, Kohli also became the fastest batsman to get to 22,000 international runs. He got to this milestone in the 2nd ODI match against Australia in Sydney.

Virat Kohli has been in decent form in the ongoing ODI series. He was looking sharp in the series opener in Sydney but was dismissed for 21. However, the skipper hit a solid 89 in the second match, showcasing the wide array of strokes but his efforts were not enough for India in their mammoth chases of 375 and 390.

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.



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