India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday became the first Indian player to score three consecutive centuries in One-day Internationals (ODIs). Virat Kohli achieved this feat during the third ODI against the Windies at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The right-handed batsman reached the coveted three-figure mark off 110 balls in 37.1 overs at a strike rate of 90.91. This was Kohli’s fifth hundred in his last six ODIs in India. Cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate Kohli on achieving this feat. While cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar dubbed Kohli as “special”, Harbhajan Singh was all praises for the 29-year-old.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 27, 2018
Jus the third century for Kohli in a losing cause. Plenty to ponder for India. Middle order has been a weak link for sometime as the openers and Virat had covered up for lack of it consistently, but this has come at the right time. #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 27, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 27, 2018
Virat ‘Run Machine’ Kohli
Virat ‘Ton Machine’ Kohli
First Indian to score three consecutive ODI tons. #IndvWI #38
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 27, 2018
Other than Virat Kohli, only three other batsmen have scored three consecutive hundreds in a bilateral series – Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas (against India), Quinton de Kock of South Africa (against India) and Babar Azam of Pakistan (against the West Indies).
In last 15 completed ODI innings, Kohli has scored 1348 runs, recorded seven centuries and 3 fifties, at an average of 122.55.
On the match front, Windies displayed a spirited performance to beat the hosts by 43 runs, drawing the five-match ODI series 1-1. Kohli fought a lone battle as he kept losing partners.
Eventually, Kohli departed for 107 off 119 balls, allowing the Windies to edge closer to a victory.
This is the first time in India that Kohli has scored a century in a losing cause. Apart from this, Kohli has two centuries in a losing cause, one against New Zealand in 2014 and the other one against Australia in 2016.
Ashley Nurse, adjudged man of the match, ended with figures of 2/43.
The fourth ODI will be played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on October 29.