Kohli, first player to post 5 centuries in 2012

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Published: Saturday, August 4, 2012, 12:43 [IST]
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Kohli, 1st player to post 5 tons in 2012

Pallekele, Aug 4: Virat Kohli has been in tremendous form this year as he became the first player to record five centuries in the calendar year.

The talended lad from Delhi has been in outstanding form as he had bagged five man of the match awards this year, as he has been the backbone of India's batting since a few years.

India's run machine, Virat Kohli has so far collected 273 runs at an average of 91.00 (strike rate of 90.39) to become the highest run-getter in the on-going series against Sri Lanka.

His magnificent knock in the fourth ODI was yet another match-winning innings, as he scored 128 off 119 balls to record his fifth century of the year.

Interestingly, it was Kohli's fifth century against Sri Lanka as well and 13th in ODIs. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir are the other Indian cricketers who have registered more centuries against Sri Lanka than Virat Kohli with 8 and 6 tons respectively.

Kohli's superb feat of reaching 13 hundreds in 89 matches is without parallel in ODIs as he has posted five hundreds in the last 8 outings, which is a remarkable feat having registered four centuries against Sri Lanka and one against Pakistan.

Moreover, Kohli has become the sixth player to post eight centuries or more in successful chases in ODIs with 1991 runs at an average of 76.57 in 34 matches

Having achieved this feat, he also joins the club which includes Sachin Tendulkar (14), Saeed Anwar (9), Sanath Jayasuriya (9), Ricky Ponting (8) and Adam Gilchrist (8), who have been successful in achieving the same.

With such tremendous form, Virat Kohli has already scored 1003 runs in 15 matches at an average of 77.15 with five hundreds and three half centuries in the calendar year, is currently the second highest run scorer as Kumar Sangakkara is leading the table with 1111 runs off 27 matches with an average of 46.29.

With another 100 odd runs required to surpass Sangakkara's record, Kohli might as well achieve it while he takes on Lankan bowlers on Saturday to become the highest run-scorer in ODIs this year. With Sangakkara injured and ruled out of the series, Kohli has more chances of surpassing the wicket-keeper batsman to become the highest run-scorer in ODIs this year.


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