Virat Kohli went past Ricky Ponting    Getty Images
Virat Kohli went past Ricky Ponting Getty Images

India skipper Virat Kohli surpassed Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI centuries. Kohli scored his 31st hundred in the format, during the first ODI between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With this milestone and that too in his 200th ODI, Kohli is now only behind his idol Sachin Tendulkar (49) in the list of most ODI centuries. Kohli took 192 innings to score the 31 century, bettering Ponting s record of 30 from 349 innings.

India once were staring down the barrel, after losing Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for 29 runs. Against a blistering Trent Boult, Kohli put a price on his wicket and made sure India do not squander on a a good batting surface.

Player Matches Innings 100s runs
Sachin Tendulkar 463 452 49 18426
Virat Kohli 200* 192 31 8867
Ricky Ponting 375 365 30 13704

Kohli also has most runs for a player who has completed 200 ODIs. No other Indian cricketer has got to the mark on his 200th ODI. AB de Villiers, another modern great has done the same. For that matter, Tendulkar had 18 centuries at this phase of career. If Kohli continues to achieve milestones at this phase, there is no iota of doubt that he will dethrone Tendulkar from the top spot. He is only 28, and there is no reason as to why he cannot top the century charts in ODIs.