Virat Kohli    AFP
Virat Kohli AFP

The domination was completed at Centurion. India finished the series 5-1 in South Africa. Another ODI series, another Virat Kohli domination, and though the tale has been the same many a time, the numbers keep changing. For some the numbers only get better. Here are some interesting stats highlights from the sixth ODI:

India win five matches overseas: Only the second time have India won five ODIs in a series overseas. The first instance was in Zimbabwe in 2013, and Kohli was the stand-in captain.

Happy Centurion: The win meant India have bettered their win-loss ratio at Centurion against South Africa to 2, their best in any South African ground. India have won four against South Africa and lost two here.

MS Dhoni s joins elite club: South Africa lost their first wicket in the seventh over in form of Hashim Amla. Dhoni completed his 600th catch in international cricket. Mark Boucher (952) and Adam Gilchrist (813) are the only other wicketkeepers to have breached the mark.

Another century for Virat Kohli: No, this is not the 35th ODI ton we are talking about. We will come to that later. Kohli completed a catch at short cover off Jasprit Bumrah to dismiss Heinrich Klassen to bring up his 100th catch in ODIs.

Kohli became the fifth Indian fielder (non-wicketkeeper) in the club after Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina and ViratKohli.

AB de Villiers dry run: Yuzvendra Chahal knocked over his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate AB de Villiers for 30. ABD finished the series with scores of 26, 6 and 30. This is the first time since 2008 when AB hasn t played a fifty-plus knock in a bilateral series with three or more matches.

The series in question was South Africa s tour of England. ABD scored 24, 5, 12 and 14 as South Africa went down 0-4.

Kuldeep Yadav goes past Rashid Khan: Kuldeep needed three wickets to become the highest wicket-taker in a bilateral ODI series. He was tied on 16 wickets with Rashid Khan. He got only a wicket at Centurion. He is now tied in the second spot with 17 wickets alongside Patrick Patterson and Craig Matthew in a list topped by Javagal Srinath and Amit Mishra with 18 wickets each.

Now Kohli with the bat…

Most runs in a bilateral ODI contest: Kohli slammed his 35th hundred in ODIs and en route to the mark, he became the highest aggregator in a bilateral series.

Players M R HS Ave SR 100s 50s Series
Virat Kohli (IND) 6 558 160* 186 99.5 3 1 Ind tour SA 2017-18
Rohit Sharma (IND) 6 491 209 122.8 108.6 2 1 Aus tour Ind 2013-14
George Bailey (AUS) 6 478 140 95.6 116 1 3 Aus tour Ind 2013-14

Not only Kohli became the first cricketer to breach the 500-run mark in ODIs; he also became the only Indian to register three centuries in a bilateral event.

Kohli became the fastest to 9,500 ODI runs: Kohli got there in his 200th innings, 15 innings quicker than de Villiers, 46 quicker than Sourav Ganguly, 47 quicker than Sachin Tendulkar and 56 quicker than Dhoni.

Kohli crosses Ricky Ponting: Kohli now has 782 runs at 86.88 from 14 ODIs against South Africa in South Africa. This is the most by any batsman in South Africa. He surpassed Ricky Ponting who has 758 runs at 44.58 from 18 ODIs.

Second most away from home hundreds: Kohli s 129* at Centurion was his 21st hundred away from home. He has now joined Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara in the list for joint-second most hundreds away from home. Tendulkar leads the charts with 29.

Second most centuries by captains: Ponting leads with 22 ODI hundreds as most centuries by a captain. Kohli joins AB as the second most; both have 13. Astonishingly, Ponting has played 230 ODIs as captain while de Villiers has played 103 and Kohli has just played 49.

Joins Ganguly: Both Kohli and Ganguly have three hundreds each against South Africa as captain. This is the most by a captain. Overall, Tendulkar has five, the most hundreds by any player, against South Africa. Kohli has jumped to the second spot with four.

Tendulkar has played 57 innings against South Africa and Kohli has played just 24.

Going past Yuvraj Singh: This was Kohli s 28th Man of the Match award in ODIs. Yuvraj has 27. Tendulkar (62) and Ganguly (31) are the only Indians to have more Man of the Match awards than Kohli.

Going past Hashim Amla: In this ODI series, Kohli went past Amla to become the fifth most century-maker in international cricket. Tendulkar heads with 100, Ponting follows with 71, Sangakkara has 63, Kallis 62 and Kohli 56.

Eyeing 1,000 runs in a tour?

Statistician Bharat Seervi notes, Kohli needs to score 156 runs in the three-match T20I series to complete 1,000 runs on this South Africa tour. Only one batsman has aggregated over 1,000 runs in an international tour. Sir Viv Richards (1,045 runs) on England tour in 1976 (829 in Tests, 216 in ODIs).

South Africa fall

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South Africa started the series as No.1 ODI side. India now lead the table with 122 rating, five units clear of South Africa, who are still at No.2

This is only the second time that South Africa have lost five ODIs in a bilateral series at home. The previous instance was against Australia in 2001-02 season.