India captain Virat Kohli takes guard during the three-match ODI series against England, he will be aiming to not only end his long wait of a century across formats but also equal a record of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and overtake Australia legend Ricky Ponting. After Tests and T2oIs, in their final leg of the tour, England will lock horns with India in three ODIs to be played in Pune.
The last time Kohli registered three figures in any format was during India’s inaugural day-night Test in November 2019 against Bangladesh at the historic Eden Gardens. Since then, he has failed to register a century even though coming close to doing that on several occasions.
While this doesn’t mean he has been out-of-form, he has kept piling on the runs but the alarming rate with which he was peeling of hundreds has suffered an unexpected break.
Kohli has so far made 43 centuries, the second most in the format’s history after Tendulkar. The current India captain can equal Tendulkar’s record (20) of most ODI centuries at home should he reach three figures.
Additionally, a century will also mean Kohli will overtake Ponting’s record for most centuries across formats as a captain. The duo is currently level at 41 centuries each.