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Kohli wins another front

Virat Kohli and company completed one of the easiest clean sweeps against hosts Sri Lanka ...

Kohli wins  another front

Virat Kohli and company completed one of the easiest clean sweeps against hosts Sri Lanka past week. First they won the three Test series by 3-0, then whitewashed them in the ODI series and also won the one-off Twenty20 International convincingly.

It was India’s eighth consecutive ODI series win. It equalled the second longest winning sequence against any one opposition.

Pakistan have the record of winning nine consecutive series against West Indies. They also won eight against Zimbabwe.

It was one of the easiest ODI series win for India. Former World Champions Sri Lanka failed to show any glimpse of their glorious past. Former captain Sanath Jayasuriya-led selection committee including Romesh Kaluwitharana, Ranjit Madurusinghe, Eric Upashantha and Asanka Gurusinha resigned, accepting the responsibility for the team’s poor show against India.

It was the first occasion when Sri Lanka faced whitewash in any home ODI series. It was the sixth whitewash by India against any team in a series of five or more matches, and the second against Sri Lanka.

In the fifth ODI, Kohli scored his 30th One-day International century. It was Kohli’s 19th hundred while chasing. Now he stands second with former Australian skipper Ricky Pointing among the most ODI century makers list.

India’s Little Master Sachin Tendulkar is on top of the list with 49 hundreds. Kohli is the fastest to make 30 ODI centuries as he achieved this milestone in his 186th innings. Tendulkar did so in 267 innings and Pointing in 349 innings.

Kohli was the most successful batsman of the ODI series against Sri Lanka with 330 runs, including two centuries and one fifty, averaging 110.

Kohli has now scored seven centuries against Sri Lanka in 44 innings. Only Tendulkar is ahead of him as he scored nine centuries against Australia.

During the series Kohli crossed 1000 runs in 2017. In this year, Kohli’s ODI average has been 92.45, highest by a batsman who scored over 1000 runs.

This was the fifth occasion when he crossed 1000 runs in a year. Only Tendulkar is ahead of him as he did so seven times.

Since Kohli’s debut, India have won eight ODIs while chasing 300-plus targets. Before Kohli’s first appearance, India had chased down targets of 300 or more only seven times in 35 matches.

During the 2013 series against Australia, he slammed a 52-ball 100 to help chase down 360 in Jaipur. In the same series, in Nagpur, Kohli slammed 115 to help India chase down 351.

His highest score in ODIs — 183 — came in the Asia Cup clash against Pakistan in Mirpur when India chased down 329 in 2012.

Kohli’s best year was 2011 when he scored 1381 runs in 34 ODIs. He followed that up with 1026 in 2012, 1268 in 2013, 1054 in 2014, 623 in 2015 and 739 in 2016. Kohli’s overall ODI average is 55.75 in 186 appearances, but while chasing his average goes up to 67.10 and rises to 98.04 in successful chases.

Surprisingly, Kohli has failed to score a singly fifty in eight international finals he played from 2009 to 2017. His average in the finals is just 22 and his highest score is 43 — against England in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final.

There is none like him in T20 cricket. No one even comes close. His T20 average is 16 runs more than the next best.

During the ODI series, former Indian captain MS Dhoni become the first wicket-keeper to complete 100 international stumps. He has 161 stumpings in all formats, again a record.

Dhoni batted well too. In the three innings he played during the series, he remained not out and set a record of 73 unbeaten innings in ODIs, surpassing South Africa’s Shaun Pollock and Sri Lanka’s Chaminda Vaas, who had 72 not outs each.

Dhoni has stayed unbeaten in 40 of the 65 successful chases he has been involved in. He is the only player in international circuit with over-100 average who scored 1000 runs in successful chases in ODIs.

In the fourth ODI, Lasith Malinga who was leading the side, completed his 300 ODI wickets in his 203rd match. He is the eighth fast bowler and overall 11th to achieve the landmark. However, Malinga has passed his prime. In his ODI career, he has conceded more than 80 on a record eight occasions.

 

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