Shoaib tweeted: “Guwahati, Vishakhapatnam, Pune. Virat Kohli is something else man with three ODI hundreds in a row, the first India batsman to achieve
The Hush Post: Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar set up a new target for Virat Kohli: A target of making 120 centuries in all three formats of the game. This is 20 centuries more than the all-time batting great Sachin Tendulkar’s 100.
Guwahati. Visakhapatnam. Pune.
Virat Kohli is something else man with three ODI hundreds in a row, the first India batsman to achieve that .. what a great run machine he is ..
Keep it up cross 120 hundred mark as I set up for you ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 27, 2018
To put into perspective Virat Kohli’s achievement, he has made 38 centuries in 206 ODI matches. Now compare this to the batting performance in terms of centuries of the entire Pakistan ODI cricket team. The playing XI of Pakistan’s ODI team has made 36 centuries, two centuries less than Kohli.
Notably, Virat Kohli’s centuries came in just 206 matches. Now compare this with 11 members of the Pakistan team who made 36 centuries in 826 matches. Of these eight players, five are batsman apart from three all-rounders and three bowlers.
Sachin Tendulkar made 50 ODI centuries in 463 ODI matches in comparison to Virat’s 38 in just 206 ODIs
The maximum number of centuries by a current Pakistan player is 11 by Mohammad Hafeeez in 200 matches. He is followed by Shoaib Malik with nine centuries in 271 matches. Babbar Azam has made eight centuries in 51 matches. Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali have made three centuries each in 23 and 38 ODIs. Sarfaraz Ahmed has made 2 centuries in 95 matches.
Sachin Tendulkar made 50 ODI centuries in 463 ODI matches in comparison to Virat’s 38 in just 206 ODIs. He has already left behind the like of Ricky Ponting, who made 30 centuries in 375 ODI international matches and Kumara Sangakarra who made 25 centuries in 404 ODIs.
Experts though, give a slight advantage to Tendulkar for having faced bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Allan, Donald, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Makaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock when they were at their peak and the same level of bowlers may be missing today.
Yet Kohli, the run machine, is having his dream run and doesn’t seem like exhausting anytime soon.