It was yet another show of exquisite batsmanship from Virat Kohli as he hit his 34th ODI ton, scoring an unbeaten 160 — which is his second-highest ODI score after 183 against Pakistan in 2012 — in the third ODI against South Africa at the Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town.
This is also the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against South Africa in South Africa, as Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly’s 127 at Johannesburg in 2001. Moreover, this is also the highest score by an Indian batsman in South Africa as he overtook Tendulkar’s 152 against Namibia in 2003.
The Delhi dasher also became the Indian ODI captain with most hundreds to his name as overtook Ganguly’s record of 11 centuries in 142 innings. Kohli now has 12 hundred as skipper but in only 43 innings.
Kohli, with 318 runs in this series so far, now also has the most runs for a visiting batsman in a bilateral ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. Ricky Ponting, with 283 runs in 2001-02, was the previous best. Meanwhile, Kohli also became the second opposition captain to score 150 runs in South Africa. The 1st being Ricky Ponting in 2006 at Johannesburg. The skipper also completed his 1000 runs against South Africa in the 50-over format of the game.
This is also his 54th International century where he will be the outright 5th-most prolific century-maker in international cricket behind Tendulkar (100), Ponting (71), Sangakkara (63) & Kallis (62). He is currently level with Mahela Jayawardene and Hashim Amla.
Australian batsman David Warner too heaped praise on Kohli saying, He’s on a different level this bloke wow. What a player
He’s on a different level this bloke wow. What a player @imVkohli https://t.co/SoDyRQajQi
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) February 7, 2018
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina also took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian captain.
Run machine @imVkohli kya baat hai Teri, yeh bandha alag level ka player hai @BCCI #IndvsSA
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 7, 2018