IND vs SL 1st ODI: Virat Kohli has done it, yet again. In a span of just one month, Virat has slammed two ODI centuries. Virat for the past two years had been heavily criticized for his century drought and for how he was unable to convert his starts, but as of now, he has turned it all around and he has ended up scoring his 73rd international ton across formats. With 45 ODI tons to his name now, Kohli is closing in on Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI tons and it seems as if it is a matter of time.
Virat Kohli shatters Sachin's unique record against Sri Lanka
Virat Kohli was dropped twice in this innings, but he certainly made the most of the chances that he got. Virat certainly is one of the greats of the game and he keeps on proving it with every passing day. Before this innings, Kohli was tied with Sachin for most centuries against the same opposition, Sri Lanka. Both Kohli and Sachin had 8 centuries against Sri Lanka to their name and after this ton, Virat has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and has 9 ODI tons against Sri Lanka.
Kohli also equals Sachin's home record
With this century, Kohli has not just shattered Sachin's record of most centuries against the same opposition, Sri Lanka but has also equaled another record registered by the master blaster in India. Sachin has 49 ODI hundreds and Virat as of now has 45. With this ton, Kohli has scored 20 international ODI tons in India and equaled Sachin Tendulkar.
The former India captain has scored 45 ODI hundreds, 27 Test tons, and 1 T20I hundred. It is his second consecutive ton. Interestingly, Kohli also smashed his 72nd ton just a month back, on December 10, 2022, against Bangladesh in the third ODI. Kohli returning to form is good news for the Indian cricket team and they certainly will take it as a huge positive in their lead-up to the ODI World Cup.