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Oct 31, 2013 at 02:34pm IST

Virat Kohli: India's new 'Milestone Man'

In 10-12 years from now, we may see a promising 18-year-old batsman saying, "I grew up watching Virat Kohli." That's the kind of impression Kohli's every passing knock is leaving as he orchestrated another mammoth run-chase in Nagpur on Wednesday.

Indian bowlers were once again put under the pump by Australia who posted an elephantine 350, but a solid foundation laid down by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan's opening stand of 178 set Kohli up to send the Aussies on a leather hunt yet again.

ALSO SEE How Kohli nailed it in Nagpur

The two Delhi batsmen - Dhawan and Kohli - emerged heroes of India's chase. Dhawan scored 100 in 102 balls before losing his patience while Kohli almost stoned Australia with a his 66-ball 115*. And en route his demolition job, Kohli set record books ablaze.

Virat Kohli: India's new 'Milestone Man'

Virat Kohli celebrates after reaching his century in Nagpur. (BCCI)


Kohli is now the only player in the history of ODIs to score five or more consecutive 50-plus scores on two occasions. The first time he did it was last year, and this year his bat has continued to hammer oppositions into submission. Here are the two lists:


133* vs Sri Lanka at Hobart

108 vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka

66 vs Bangladesh at Dhaka

183 vs Pakistan at Dhaka

106 vs Sri Lanka at Hambantota


68* vs Zimbabwe at Harare

61 vs Australia at Pune

100* vs Australia at Jaipur

68 vs Australia at Mohali

115* vs Australia at Nagpur


After his whirlwind Nagpur knock, Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar in number of hundreds scored in successful run-chases.

Sachin Tendulkar: 14

Virat Kohli: 11 (five of these have come chasing targets of 300 or more)

Sanath Jayasuriya: 9

Saeed Anwar: 9

Tillakaratne Dilshan: 8

Chris Gayle: 8

Adam Gilchrist: 8

Ricky Ponting: 8


Virat Kohli 112 inning

Sourav Ganguly: 170 innings

Saeed Anwar: 177 innings


After crossing 82 in Nagpur, Kohli completed 1000 ODI runs in 2013, completing a hat-trick after achieving the same feat in 2011 and 2013. That made him just the fourth batsman in ODI history to do so. Interestingly, all four are Indians.

Sourav Ganguly: 1997-2000

Sachin Tendulkar: 1996-98

MS Dhoni: 2007-09

Virat Kohli: 2011-13


In a fortnight, Kohli's two knocks are now among top three in the list of fastest ODI hundred by an Indian. Kohli's 61-ball hundred in Nagpur was India's third-fastest in ODIs. That after he scored a hundred in 50 balls in the second ODI of this series, beating Virender Sehwag's record of a ton in 60 balls.

Virat Kohli: 100 in 50 balls vs Australia at Jaipur - 2013

Virender Sehwag: 100 in 60 balls vs New Zealand at Hamilton - 2009

Virat Kohli: 100 in 61 balls vs Australia at Nagpur - 2013

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