Virat Kohli might not be in the greatest of form right now, but the modern-day legend made sure he dominated the run charts across formats consistently for a decade. August 18 marks a major milestone in his playing career as he completes 14 years in international cricket.
On the completion of 14 years of Virat Kohli in international cricket, fans have congratulated and wished him to be a star batsman on social media. Kohlis IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) also shared special posts for their former captain. Virat fans are also following the trend of #14yearsofViratKohli on Twitter.
Speaking of centuries, the former Indian skipper has 43 ODI hundreds and 27 of them in Tests. Kohli also held the record for most centuries (4) in a single IPL season, which was later tied by Jos Buttler in IPL 2022.
On that note, lets take a look at how Virat Kohlis maiden century in ODI cricket came about.
Kohlis maiden century came against the same team he scored his first half-century against. Sri Lanka toured India in 2009 and the fourth ODI not only saw Kohlis first ton but also helped India seal the five-match ODI series 3-1.
Batting first, Sri Lanka rode on a masterful hundred by Upul Tharanga. The opener smashed a 128-ball-118 and was ably assisted by Kumar Sangakkara (60). Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera chipped in with 33 and 31 each to help the visitors finish with a formidable 315/6 in their 50 overs.
In reply, India lost openers Virender Sehwag (10) and Sachin Tendulkar (8), but it was Gautam Gambhir and Kohli who orchestrated what was one of the greatest run-chases of the decade.
#OnThisDay in 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣8️⃣, @imVkohli made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. ?— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 18, 2022
1️⃣4️⃣ years of milestones, records and absolute brilliance. ?#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #TeamIndia #14YearsofViratKohli pic.twitter.com/SblZivpWPp
Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli after 14 years of intl cricket— Shivam Jaiswal ?? (@7jaiswalshivam) August 18, 2022
Matches - 427
Runs - 21522
Highest - 217
Average - 49.24
100/50 - 67/100
Matches - 463
Runs - 23726
Highest - 254
Average - 53.55
100/50 - 70/122#14YearsOfViratKohli #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/qmCecw9VR0
Virat Kohli started his international career in the year 2008 with the ODI match against Sri Lanka. So far, Virat has played a total of 463 matches in all three formats in international cricket and scored 23,726 runs. Along with this, a total of 70 centuries and 122 half-centuries are recorded in the name of Kohli in international cricket.