Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century: equals Sachin Tendulkar’s milestone.


Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century

Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century: In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against South Africa at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Virat Kohli achieves his 49th ODI century, equalling a significant record with Sachin Tendulkar.

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Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century: equals Sachin Tendulkar's milestone.
Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century: equals Sachin Tendulkar’s milestone.

India’s Virat Kohli scored his 49th one-day international (ODI) hundred to equal compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s world record against South Africa in Kolkata on Sunday.

The former Indian captain, Virat Kohli on his 35th birthday achieved his 49th ODI century milestone in 277 ODI innings, which also includes 70 half-centuries. In ODI formats he scored over 13,000 runs.

Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century: equals Sachin Tendulkar's milestone.
Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century

India captain, Rohit Sharma, stands as the next player in line for the most ODI centuries, boasting an impressive total of 31 centuries to his name.

Kohli’s century, which took 119 balls to reach, equals the record for the most balls he has taken to achieve a century. This record was previously set in Adelaide in 2015 against Pakistan and in Cape Town in 2018 against South Africa.

This century also marks Kohli’s fifth ODI century against South Africa, putting him on par with the likes of Tendulkar and Warne, who have also achieved the same feat against South Africa.


1Sri Lanka10724 December 2009Eden Gardens, Kolkata
2Bangladesh102*11 January 2010Dhaka
3Australia11820 October 2010Visakhapatnam
4New Zealand10528 November 2010Guwahati
5Bangladesh100*19 February 2011Dhaka
6England10716 September 2011Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
7England112*17 October 2011Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
8West Indies1172 December 2011Visakhapatnam
9Sri Lanka133*28 February 2012Bellerive Oval, Hobart
10Sri Lanka10813 March 2012Dhaka
11Pakistan18318 March 2012Dhaka
12Sri Lanka10621 July 2012Hambantota
13Sri Lanka128*31 July 2012Colombo
14West Indies1025 July 2013Port of Spain
15Zimbabwe11524 July 2013Harare
16Australia10016 October 2013Jaipur
17Australia115*30 October 2013Nagpur
18New Zealand12319 January 2014Napier
19Bangladesh13626 February 2014Fatullah
20West Indies12717 October 2014Dharamshala
21Sri Lanka139*16 November 2014Ranchi
22Pakistan10715 February 2015Adelaide
23South Africa13822 October 2015Chennai
24Australia11717 January 2016Melbourne
25Australia10620 January 2016Canberra
26New Zealand154*23 October 2016Mohali
27England12215 January 2017Pune
28West Indies111*6 July 2017Kingston
29Sri Lanka13131 August 2017Colombo
30Sri Lanka110*3 September 2017Colombo
31New Zealand12122 October 2017Mumbai
32New Zealand11329 October 2017Kanpur
33South Africa1121 February 2018Durban
34South Africa160*7 February 2018Cape Town
35South Africa129*16 February 2018Centurion
36West Indies14021 October 2018Guwahati
37West Indies157*24 October 2018Visakhapatnam
38West Indies10727 October 2018Pune
39Australia10415 January 2019Adelaide
40Australia1165 March 2019Nagpur
41Australia1238 March 2019Ranchi
42West Indies12011 August 2019Port of Spain
43West Indies114*14 August 2019Port of Spain
44Bangladesh11310 December 2022Chittagong
45Sri Lanka11310 January 2023Guwahati
46Sri Lanka166*15 January 2023Thiruvananthapuram
47Pakistan122*10 September 2023Colombo
48Bangladesh103*19 October 2023Pune
49South Africa101*5 November 2023Kolkata

Tendulkar, who is the leading run-scorer in the ODI format, congratulated Kohli and said he wants his compatriot to break the record “in the next few days”.

Virat Kohli’s 1st ODI century also in  Eden Gardens, Kolkata against Sri Lanka.

Virat Kohli notches his 49th ODI century: equals Sachin Tendulkar's milestone.
Virat Kohli 1st ODI Century at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Kohli shared his thoughts on the significance of the game, especially since it fell on his birthday. He acknowledged the motivation to perform well against one of the toughest teams in the tournament and expressed gratitude for the support he received from the fans.

On Birthday scoring a century in ODIs

Vinod Kambli 100* vs Eng Jaipur (21th birthday) 1993

Sachin Tendulkar 134 vs Aus Sharjah (25) 1998

Sanath Jayasuriya 130 vs Ind Karachi  (39) 2008

Ross Taylor 131* vs Pak Pallekele  (27) 2011

Tom Latham 140* vs Net Hamilton (30) 2022

Mitchell Marsh 121 vs Pak Bengaluru (32) 2023

Virat Kohli 100* vs SA Kolkata (35) 2023

He also discussed the impact of Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, particularly in setting the tone on a challenging wicket. Kohli acknowledged the contribution of the bowlers and humorously mentioned how lucky he and Rohit are not to face their own formidable bowling attack.

Most 100s in ODI (One Day International)

49 Virat Kohli (277 innings)

49 Sachin Tendulkar (452)

31 Rohit Sharma (251)

30 Ricky Ponting (365)

28 Sanath Jayasuriya (433)

Additionally, Kohli expressed his emotions about equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record and the appreciation he received from his hero, which meant a lot to him.

Kohli played a pivotal role as the top run-scorer for India, helping them set a target of 327 runs for South Africa in their high-stakes encounter. He composed a gritty innings of 101 runs from 127 balls, featuring 10 well-placed fours, all while contending with a turning pitch and scorching weather.

The spectators at Eden Gardens enthusiastically rose to their feet when Kohli crossed the 90-run mark, and the crowd cheered for every run thereafter. As he took strike with 99 runs to his name, the predominantly Indian crowd erupted with joy, capturing the iconic moment with thousands of flashing cameras.

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