Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who extended his run of goals in the series opener against Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka on Tuesday, hit a sensational century at the 1st One Day International (ODI) at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. Close to breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s world record, Kohli slammed his 45th ODI tonne as Rohit Sharma and co posted a gargantuan total in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka.
Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who shared a notable tweet about the 1st ODI between the two teams, had predicted a King Kohli century in the series opener at Guwahati. Before Kohli turned his rapid-fire fifty into a historic century, spin wizard Ashwin had taken to Twitter to support the former Indian skipper to hit his 73rd international ton on Tuesday.
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“Let us guess how many of you think we will score 400+ points with a 73rd for @imVkohli? #INDvSL,” Ashwin said in his tweet. Kohli lived up to expectations, completing his 45th ODI ton that propelled the hosts to a competitive 373 for seven in 50 overs. After Ashwin’s post about Kohli became the talk of the town, the Indian all-rounder shared another cheeky tweet to win over the internet. “Jinxing is overrated,” Ashwin tweeted while sharing a hilarious meme on the microblogging site.
Kohli smashed a quick 113 from 87 balls to help Rohit-led India complete a massive total in the 50-over contest. The former Indian skipper also surpassed Tendulkar by registering his ninth-century record against Sri Lanka in the limited-over format. While Kohli scored the first goal for India in the series opener, Indian skippers Rohit (83) and Shubman Gill (70) also played crucial shots for the hosts in Guwahati. Batting icon Kohli is now just four away from Tendulkar’s all-time record of 49 centuries in ODI cricket. The 34-year-old has slammed 45 tons and 64 half centuries in 266 ODIs for the two-time world champion.
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