Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Kohli's second straight century seals 5-0 series sweep

Kohli's second straight century seals 5-0 series sweep

Virat Kohli hit his second century in a row as India thrashed Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth one-day global Sunday to inflict a humiliating 5-0 series defeat on the beleaguered hosts.

The master blaster scored his next 19 centuries over 181 innings roughly the same amount of time that Kohli took to score his 30 centuries. If he can reclaim some form in the T20, however, the argument for sticking around for a few more series might grow stronger. But is quite a bit away. "That's going to take a hell of an effort". He can bowl a good length ball and nick you off as well, which I think is the biggest improvement in his bowling. "Even if I get 90 not out and the team wins, that will be fine", he said.

The India skipper mentioned that it is an honour to be in the same bracket as that of Ponting. Over the years, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar wore the jersey number 10, and hence the jersey number has attained an iconic stature in Indian cricket.

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He once again stressed that a player can't play for records and the team comes first.

Taking into account all the three versions of the game, Dhoni already leads the charts with 161 dismissals, followed by Sangakkara's 139 and Kaluwitharana's 101. These include losses in the Asia Cup T20 that was held early past year along with their below-par display in the World T20 2016, in which their only win came against Afghanistan.

92.45 - Kohli's average in ODIs this year - the highest by a batsman scoring 1000-plus runs in a year.

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Manish Pandey is also expected to retain his place in the side, while Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the final ODI, will be a sure starter on Wednesday. They take it as a challenge rather than getting disappointed and sulking, start working hard on that aspect of their game and make it happen for the team. It needs to reduce by at least 10 to 15 per cent. Like most factors in this debate, that is an unknown.

While anchoring the victory target Kohli became the quickest to the 30-century mark in ODIs.

Tendulkar played his 194th ODI in July 1998, at which point he had 6942 runs and "just" 16 centuries. Or Kohli could include both at the expense of Shardul Thakur, though the skipper will most probably want the younger one to play. Based on those numbers, he will score his 50th ODI century some time in 2023.

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The series win came after India swept the preceding three-Test rubber 3-0, capping their domination of the home side which has been beset by injury and selection woes.

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