The run-machine Virat Kohli, who is currently playing the last ODI in Canberra, has ended the COVID-19 hiatus year 2020 without a century. He has featured in nine ODIs this year, and his highest score has been 89, which he has notably registered two times and both times against Australia.
Because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, India has got less opportunity to play the 50-over formats, which is surely one of the reasons Kohli has missed adding a century in his name. But it has been the first time since 2008 that Kohli could not get an ODI hundred.
Although Virat Kohli has achieved a unique milestone, he has joined the 12,000 ODI runs club after scoring 23 runs in the third ODI against Australia.
Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s record:
The flamboyant batsman also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 17-year-old record of being the fastest player to register 12,000 ODI runs in his career. Tendulkar had reached the mark in his 300th innings (341st ODI) when he had smashed a boundary against Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi at Centurion in 2003.
Kohli completed the feat in his 241st innings (251st ODI). Overall, Kohli is the sixth player on the list, only after Australia’s Ricky Ponting, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya, and Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.
Meanwhile, in the third ODI, Kohli got out after scoring 63 runs. If he had made a ton, it would have been his 9th ODI hundred against the Aussies. And also, he would have equalled Sachin’s record of most ODI hundreds by an Indian player against Australia.
India has given 303 runs target to the host. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja went all gun blazing in the last 10 overs to set a fighting total. However, the visitors have already lost the series with facing defeat in the first two matches.