Virat Kohli becomes fastest to reach 10 tons in ODIs

Virat Kohli scored 108 off 120 balls during the second ODI of Asia Cup AFP

By David Green

Mirpur: Mar 13, 2012

Not content with smashing one of the greatest hundreds in ODI history in Hobart just a couple of weeks ago, Virat Kohli returned to plunder the Sri Lankan bowling once again in the Asia Cup on Tuesday.

In so doing, Kohli registered his 10th ODI ton in just his 80th innings in the format and thus becomes the fastest ever in terms of fewest number of innings to reach double figures for three figure scores in ODI – if you catch our meaning.

In fact, Kohli obliterated the previous record of 99 innings set by Gordon Greenidge and also left the likes of Herschelle Gibbs (105), Marcus Trescothick (107), Brian Lara (109) and called Sachin Tendulkar (127) in his wake. Tendulkar is left to watch all his mates (even Ravichandran Ashwin) grabbing hundreds whilst his wait on 99 international hundreds now extends to 32 innings.

Kohli has no such worries. And with Rahul Dravid confirming his retirement, a spot at No 3 in the Test side seems his for the taking, even if his new record seems unlikely to last for long Hashim Amla, the ‘Bearded VVS Laxman , already has nine ODI tons from just 56 innings.