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Kohli = Sachin = 49 tons; Is Virat the most complete ODI batter ever?

Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI hundred record. Is Virat Kohli the most complete ODI batter ever?

Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI hundred record | Walking Wicket (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI hundred record (Photo: ©X/Twitter)

Celebrating his 35th birthday at Eden Gardens, Virat Kohli achieved a childhood dream—matching Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries. Despite previous misses, Kohli's determination prevailed, marked by a humble celebration, removing his helmet and acknowledging the applause.


Kohli's greatness in the 50-over format lies in his ability to swiftly read the game's dynamics and tackle bowlers on his terms, often paying minimal attention to the other end. Let's delve into his ODI statistics to unveil the perfection and completeness of his batting prowess over the years.


A giant ODI career with 13626 runs in 277 innings

In his colossal ODI career, Kohli amassed 13,626 runs in 277 innings with an impressive average of 58.48 and a strike rate of 93.55. The record includes 49 centuries and 70 fifties, showcasing his remarkable consistency. With 119 instances of scoring 50 or more runs in 277 innings, Kohli makes a significant impact in almost every other inning. As he continues to reign supreme in the ODI arena, his numbers narrate a tale of sustained excellence and a relentless pursuit of cricketing perfection.



Let’s break down Virat Kohli’s ODI tally year-wise from 2008

Year

Innings

Runs

Avg

S/R

50s/100s

HS

2008

05

159

31.80

66.53

01/00

54

2009

24

995

54.17

84.42

​02/01

107

2010

34

1381

47.38

85.12

07/03

118

2011

17

1026

47.61

85.56

08/04

117

2012

30

1268

68.40

93.78

03/05

183

2013

20

1054

52.83

97.54

07/04

115*

2014

20

623

58.56

99.62

05/04

139*

2015

20

623

36.65

80.60

01/02

138

2016

10

739

92.38

100.00

04/03

154*

2017

26

1460

76.84

99.12

07/06

131

2018

14

1202

133.56

102.56

03/06

160*

2019

25

1377

59.87

96.36

07/05

123

2020

09

431

47.89

92.29

00/05

89

2021

03

129

43.00

86.58

02/00

66

2022

11

302

27.45

87.03

02/01

113

2023

21

1115

72.19

99.83

06/05

166*

Overall

277

13626

58.48

93.55

70/49

183

Kohli's century-per-inning ratio of 5.65 outshines Tendulkar's 9.22, emphasizing his unparalleled consistency. Kohli surpassed Tendulkar in achieving 1000 ODI runs in eight years, including a remarkable streak of four consecutive years, showcasing his dominance in the cricketing arena.


CWC 2023, India vs South Africa_ Virat Kohli scored 49th ODI hundred; India beat South Africa _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
Kohli averages over 40 against all Test playing nation (Photo: ©BCCI/Twitter)
Kohli’s love affair with every single opponent with a 40+ average

Maintaining an average above 40 is considered commendable in cricket, but for Virat Kohli, it stands as his lowest point against teams he's played more than once. Even this "lowest" average showcases his exceptional standards. The exception is the Netherlands, where he played only one game in 2011, managing a modest 12 runs. Against all other opponents, whether giants or challengers, Kohli's consistency and excellence shine through, a testament to his cricketing prowess.

Versus

Innings

Runs

Avg

S/R

50s/100s

HS

Afghanistan

02

122

122.0

102.52

02/00

67

Australia

46

2313

53.70

94.22

13/08

123

Bangladesh

16

910

75.83

101.79

03/05

136

England

36

1340

41.88

88.16

09/03

122

Ireland

02

78

78.00

82.11

00/00

44*

Netherlands

01

12

12.00

60.00

00/00

12

New Zealand

30

1528

56.39

95.14

09/05

154*

Pakistan

16

678

52.15

100.30

02/03

183

South Africa

29

1504

65.39

85.75

08/05

160*

Sri Lanka

51

2594

63.27

93.92

12/10

166*

UAE

01

33

--

80.49

00/00

33*

West Indies

41

2261

66.50

96.96

11/09

157*

Zimbabwe

06

253

50.60

86.94

01/01

115

Comparing this segment with Tendulkar proves challenging given the latter's extensive number of innings against most opponents. Tendulkar, having batted in 80 innings against Sri Lanka, exhibits a commendable average of 43.85. Similarly, his encounters with Australia resulted in an impressive average of 44.59 across 70 innings.


Kohli’s equal dominance in both home and away

Moving to Kohli, his dominance extends beyond specific opponents and transcends geographical boundaries. Whether playing on home soil or away, Kohli maintains a strikingly consistent record. His remarkable average of 60.46, with 23 out of 49 centuries achieved in India, is nothing short of mind-boggling. Additionally, Kohli's versatility is evident in the fact that he has notched centuries in all nine countries where he has played ODIs, showcasing his adaptability and mastery across diverse cricketing conditions.

Played In

Innings

Runs

Avg

S/R

50s/100s

HS

Australia

29

1327

51.04

89.06

06/05

133*

Bangladesh

18

1097

73.13

101.57

03/06

183

England & Wales

33

1349

51.88

91.21

12/01

107

India

116

6046

60.46

96.74

31/23

166*

New Zealand

13

596

49.67

91.41

04/01

123

South Africa

18

993

76.38

88.35

06/03

160*

Sri Lanka

26

1028

48.95

88.70

02/05

131

West Indies

17

825

58.93

91.56

03/04

120

Zimbabwe

07

365

60.83

84.88

03/01

115

Overall

277

13626

58.48

93.55

70/49

183

When examining Kohli's performances across countries where he has batted for at least 15 innings, a notable consistency emerges with a 50+ average in all except Sri Lanka. In contrast, Tendulkar's prolific home record stands out, amassing 20 centuries in ODIs played across 16 countries.


Virat Kohli or Sachin Tendulkar who is better ODI bastsman_batter_ _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©X_Twitter)
Kohli has 27 hundred in chase while Sachin has 17 (Photo: ©X/Twitter)
Chase master Kohli holds edge over Tendulkar

In the domain of ODI chases, Virat Kohli asserts his dominance as the "chase master." His impressive tally of 27 hundreds, coupled with an average of 65.50, surpasses Sachin Tendulkar's 17 centuries in the second innings, where the latter maintains an average of 42.33. Kohli's ability to thrive under pressure and excel in chase situations establishes him with an edge over the cricketing legend Tendulkar in this specific facet of the game.

Innings

Innings

Runs

Avg

S/R

50s/100s

HS

First

125

5832

51.16

93.43

30/22

166*

Second

152

22794

65.50

93.64

40/27

183

Overall

277

13626

58.48

93.55

70/49

183

In team victories, Kohli sets an unprecedented benchmark with a staggering 75.43 average and 41 centuries, constituting 84% of the total tally. Tendulkar, a legend in his own right, holds a 56.63 average and 33 centuries contributing to triumphs. While Tendulkar's impact is undeniable, Kohli's statistical dominance underscores his unparalleled influence, solidifying him as a key architect of team success.

Result

Innings

Runs

Avg

S/R

50s/100s

HS

% Team

Won

171

9881

75.43

96.96

42/41

183

21.21

Lost

97

3449

35.93

85.73

27/07

123

14.56

Tied

05

202

50.50

93.95

00/01

157*

13.57

No Result

04

94

47.00

69.12

01/00

94

11.26

Overall

277

13626

58.48

93.55

70/49

183

18.77

42 fifties and 41 centuries in winning causes for Kohli mean when he gets set in the middle, he finishes the game.



Kohli in the race of touching Tendulkar in ODI WCs

In ODI World Cup runs, Tendulkar outshines Kohli, holding a prominent lead. In Kohli's fourth World Cup, he amassed 1573 runs in 34 innings, boasting a 58.25 average and an 87.24 strike rate. With 10 fifties and four centuries, including a high score of 107, Kohli's contributions are commendable. However, Tendulkar's legacy in this arena remains unparalleled, showcasing his impactful and prolific run-scoring ability in the cricketing world.