Guwahati (Assam): Star Indian batter Virat Kohli slammed his 45th ODI century and overall his 73rd in international cricket on Tuesday.
The batter accomplished the landmark during India’s first ODI against Sri Lanka at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
Virat’s 45th ODI ton is his 20th ODI ton on home soil. He has equalled the world record of legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar of slamming the most tons in his home country. Both batters have 20 hundreds each in home conditions.
Virat took only 99 to accomplish this while Sachin did so in 160 innings.
Other than these two, Hashim Amla of South Africa (14 tons in SA in 69 innings) and Ricky Ponting (14 tons in Australia in 151 innings) also are in the list for most ODI tons in home conditions.
Virat also surpassed Sachin’s record of most ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka by an Indian batter.
He has nine centuries against Sri Lanka, as compared to eight by Sachin against the island nation. Virat also has nine ODI tons against West Indies and eight against Australia.
Among the active players, Virat continues being the ‘Century King’, with a total of 73 tons.
Other players that follow him are David Warner (Australia) – 45 Joe Root (England) – 44 Steve Smith (Australia) 42 Rohit Sharma 41 (India).