Stats: Virat Kohli reaches 30 ODI centuries, on par with Ricky Ponting

It was a day to remember for Indian cricket as they enforced a 5-0 whitewash over the neighbors Sri Lanka in the ODI series on the back of a 3-0 clean sweep of the Test series. A flawless performance from the visitors saw the skipper Virat Kohli scoring yet another hundred in a successful run chase.

With the magnificent hundred, Virat Kohli now has 30 centuries in One-Day International cricket. He is now sitting on par with the Australian maestro Ricky Ponting who has an equal number of centuries. The rate at which Kohli has reached the landmark is far better than the former Australian captain. Ponting has 30 career centuries from 375 matches whereas Kohli reached there in just 194 matches.

The pole position is occupied by none other than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 ODI centuries to his credit. The Indian skipper has a long way to get anywhere near that but one more century will see him to the 2nd spot. He might get there this year itself India will play ODI series against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Most centuries in One-Day International cricket

Player Span Matches Innings 100s
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 1989-2012 463 452 49
Virat Kohli (India) 2008-2017 194 186 30
Ricky Ponting (Australia/ICC) 1995-2012 375 365 30
Sanath Jayasuriya (Asia XI/Sri Lanka) 1989-2011 445 433 28
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 2008-2017 156 153 25
Kumar Sangakkara (Asia XI/ICC/Sri Lanka) 2000-2015 404 380 25
AB de Villiers (Africa XI/South Africa) 2005-2017 222 213 24
Chris Gayle (ICC/Windies) 1999-2015 269 264 22
Sourav Ganguly (Asia XI/India) 1992-2007 311 300 22
Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) 1999-2016 330 303 22

 

In terms of the most centuries in International cricket (all 3 formats combined), Kohli is 9th on the list with 47 centuries (30 in ODIs and 17 in Tests). Sachin Tendulkar is way clear at the top with 100 hundreds. Kohli is now only one ton behind Rahul Dravid who has 48 centuries in his account.

Most centuries in International cricket

Player Span Matches Innings 100
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 1989-2013 664 782 100
Ricky Ponting (Australia/ICC) 1995-2012 560 668 71
Kumar Sangakkara (Asia XI/ICC/Sri Lanka) 2000-2015 594 666 63
Jacques Kallis (Africa XI/ICC/South Africa) 1995-2014 519 617 62
Mahela Jayawardene (Asia XI/Sri Lanka) 1997-2015 652 725 54
Brian Lara (ICC/Windies) 1990-2007 430 521 53
Hashim Amla (South Africa) 2004-2017 301 374 51
Rahul Dravid (Asia XI/ICC/India) 1996-2012 509 605 48
Virat Kohli (India) 2008-2017 303 332 47
AB de Villiers (Africa XI/South Africa) 2004-2017 404 462 45

-Stats as of September 3, 2017

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