Virat Kohli    AFP
Virat Kohli AFP

There is a reason Virat Kohli has the most runs after 199 ODIs. His hunger to perform in any given situation makes him one of the greatest limited-overs players, and the same was witnessed in his 200th ODI. He has thus far scored a fighting fifty against New Zealand in the first of the three-ODI series, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Kohli came at the crease in the very fourth over, after Trent Boult had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind. Two overs later, Boult dismantled Rohit s defence.

India were at a crucial juncture, especially with both openers back in the hut and Boult in middle of a staggering spell. Kohli, however, did not give in. He took his time, and played shots according to the merit of the ball. More importantly, he calmed Kedar Jadhav s nerves, asking him to take his time as well. Although Jadhav managed to survive only 25 deliveries, Kohli continued providing resistance. Eventually, he reached his 46th ODI fifty in his milestone match. If Kohli reaches the three-figure mark, he will surpass Ricky Ponting s tally of hundreds (30), and will only be behind Sachin Tendulkar in the list of most hundreds in ODIs.