Jaipur: Virat Kohli on Wednesday scored the fatest hundred by an Indian batsman as he smashed an unbeaten 100 off just 52 balls, overtaking Virender Sehwag's record of a hundred off 60 deliveries that he made against New Zealand in 2009.
When Kohli came in to bat at number three, India were 176 for 1 in 26.1 overs, still needing another 184 to chase down Australia's mammoth 359-run target. He along with Rohit, who too scored a magnificent hundred (141*), were involved in an unbroken 186-run stand for the second wicket as India reached the target - their most sucsessful chase so far in one-day international cricket - with 39 balls to spare.
In his record-breaking knock, Kohli stroked eight boundaries and launched seven sixes. His shots were pure cricketing strokes and not slogs that one generally associates with power-hitting.
The 24-year-old Delhi batsman was severe especially on the left-arm spin of Xavier Doherty, scoring 29 runs (three sixes and a four) off just 15 deliveries. Against Mitchell Johnson, who once again bowled with fiery pace, notching up speeds of well over 150 kmph, Kohli made 17 runs (three fours) off 11 deliveries.
There was no Aussie bowler that he spared, scoring 14 off 5 against Clint McKay, 11 off 5 against Shane Watson, 12 off 4 against Glenn Maxwell and 17 off 12 against James Faulkner.
He also continued his amazing record in India's successful chases in 300 plus. So far he has got 183, 133*, 35, 0, 107 & 100* - a total of 558 runs at a staggering avg of 139.50.
A list of top four fastest centuries by Indian batsmen:
Virat Kohli off 52 balls (vs Australia in 2013)
Virender Sehwag off 60 balls (vs New Zealand in 2009)
Mohammad Azharuddin off 62 balls (vs New Zealand in 1988)
Yuvraj Singh off 64 balls (vs England in 2008)