Dhaka, Mar 14: Virat Kohli's stakes keep rising in international cricket. In terms of statistics, Kohli, the batsman, has emulated the game's greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Sir Vivian Richards.
When Kohli got to his 10th ODI hundred at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup on Tuesday, he achieved the feat in only his 83rd match. Even Tendulkar took 134 matches to reach to 10 ODI centuries while Lara needed 109.
Ponting crossed the 10-century mark in 150 games while Richards was playing in his 133rd match when he scored his 10th ton.
Kohli averages a three-figure mark every 8.3 ODIs. Gambhir, who batted with Kohli for a 205-run partnership on Tuesday, also reached his 10th century, but in his 132nd match.
Kohli's first ODI hundred came in his 14th match, against Sri Lanka in Kolkata, 2009.
On way to his second successive century, Kohli also became the first Indian batsman to score back-to-back tons on two occasions. He had done the same in 2010. Then, he had scored hundreds against Australia in Visakhapatnam and versus New Zealand in Guwahati.
From the Australian tour, Kohli has been India's best batsman. He topped the run-scoring charts for the country in both Tests and ODIs.
He is already tipped to be the next captain as he was handed over the vice-captaincy responsibilities for the Asia Cup.
There is no doubt that Kohli is such a special talent and he needs to be nurtured well. Now, at 23, he has plenty of years of cricket left and if he carries on in this fashion, he could end up as one of the greats of the game.
He is definitely a captaincy material as he has already led India to Under-19 World Cup trophy in 2008.
So far, Kohli has amassed 3,341 runs in 83 games at a fine average of 48.42 with 10 tons and 20 half centuries. He is nearing the 4,000-run mark and that is likely to arrive soon.