Virat Kohli’s brilliant hundred propelled India to a six-wicket win in the first ODI against South Africa in Durban. (Photo: BCCI)
Virat Kohli, on Thursday, became only the second captain to score hundreds in Tests and ODIs vs South Africa in their den on the same tour.
Kohli scored his first one day international hundred in South Africa during the first of the six-match ODI series in Kingsmead, Durban. His previous best was 87, which he had managed back in 2011.
This was also his 33rd ODI hundred and with that, Kohli now has hundreds in all the nine Test playing nations he has played in.
Chasing 270 under the lights, Kohli made it look easy and along with helping India win, Kohli reached another personal milestone.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had last scored hundreds in both Tests and ODIs against the Proteas in South Africa on the same tour back in 2006 and 12 years later, Kohli became only the second captain to do so.
Kohli’s hundred, which he reached in just 105 balls and was studded with nine strokes to the boundary before he was finally dismissed on 112 by Rabada.
Kohli had a record-breaking 2017 and continued his rich form in the fifty-over format. In 2017 he scored 1460 runs in 26 matches at an average of 76.84 with 6 hundreds and 7 fifties, as he finished on top of the ICC batsmen rankings for ODIs.
He started off the year 2018, leading the team with the bat in the three-match Test series, which India lost 2-1. But captain Kohli finished as the highest run-getter not only in the Indian, but overall, with 286 runs from the three matches.
He had an average of 47.66 in the series with a top score of 153 coming in the 2nd Test at Centurion, which India lost 135 runs. The next batsman on that list was South Africa’s AB de Villiers with 211.
But all that may not have happened at all, as he was given a second life after he was dropped by his opposite number in Faf du Plessis. He could have been sent back to the dressing room for a duck.
Instead, he led his team to a 6-wicket victory, India’s first in Kingsmead. His record-breaking third-wicket partnership with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane helped India gain a 1-0 lead in the series.