Virat Kohli has been in great form in the ODI series vs Australia. He has cracked two tons in four matches so far. While one of them has come in a win, the other ended up in a losing cause. Virat has reached 41 tons in ODIs now, and is just short of 8 tons to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 ODI tons.
Virat Kohli has been more successful in ODI chases. He has scored 25 tons out of 41 centuries in chases. Out of those 25 tons in chases, 21 of them have come in a winning cause. No other batsman has scored 21 tons in successful chases.
Only four times Kohli has been unlucky to translate his tons in chases in a winning cause. Cricwizz takes a look at those four ODIs ton of Virat Kohli that have ended up in losing causes in chases.
Virat Kohli has a great conversion rate in ODIs.
It was the first ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand in 2014. India were asked to chase 293 for a win. India did have had a great start, losing Rohit Sharma for 3. But Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan posted 58-run stand for the second wicket to keep India on track.
But India lost a few quick wickets in Dhawan, Suresh Raina, and Ajinkya Rahane to be reduced to 129/4 in 30th over. India were behind the required run-rate by a big margin and needed to build a stand to have any hopes of overhauling the target.
Kohli and Dhoni combined to post 95-run stand in 13.5 overs. But Dhoni fell at a critical juncture for 40 to leave Kohli all alone. Kohli reached his ton, but the asking rate has climbed to over 10 runs per over.
With 66 runs needed off 6, Kohli has to go for his shots and lost his wicket. He fell for 123 off 111 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes. India were bowled out for 268, losing the match by 24 runs. It was the first time Kohli’s ton went in vain in a chase.
Kohli always leads from the front.
India have already lost the series 3-0 going into the fourth ODI at Canberra. India were asked to chase 349 for a win. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were making light of the tall chase, stitching a stand of 212 runs for the second wicket in 29.3 overs.
But then Dhawan fell and the floodgates opened as India lost their last 9 wickets for 46 runs to lose the match by 25 runs.
Kohli made an impact impact innings of 106 off 92 balls with 11 fours and 1 six. This knock was one of the best coming from Kohli’s bat as he took on Australian bowlers with all his might. His stepping down to hoist James Faulker’s outswinger over the long on was the highlight of his knock.
Virat Kohli is nearing Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 ODI tons.
India were asked to chase 284 for a win at Pune to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against West Indies. It was a difficult pitch to bat on while chasing under lights. India did not had a great start, losing Rohit Sharma early for 8.
Dhawan, Kohli then combined to post 79-run stand for the second wicket. But none of the other batsmen gave Kohli the support at the other end. Once again, Kohli was the lone man standing.
He had a muted celebration on reaching his ton as the task to take India across the finish line was not done yet. With India needing 64 runs off 51 balls, with just three wickets in hand, the pressure got the better of Kohli.
West Indies gave the ball to part-timer Marlon Samuels to tempt the Indian skipper to go for big shots. And Kohli fell for it. He missed the ball and was bowled for 107 off 119 balls with 10 fours and one six.
India were bowled out for 240, losing the match by 43 runs.
Kohli boasts of the world record 21 ODI tons coming in winning causes in chases.
The Ranchi ODI was special for India as it was probably the last time the local boy MS Dhoni was playing for India at his home ground. Besides, India wore camouflaged caps in honour of Pulwama victims. Besides, India were looking to seal the series at Ranchi after taking a 2-0 lead in the series.
But India failed to deliver while Kohli stood out with his ton. India were reduced to 27/3 in chase of 314. Kohli and MS Dhoni posted 59-run stand for the fourth wicket. But Kohli did not found an able support at the other end consistently.
The wicket was offering turn, and Kohli looks the only batsman to be equipped with the skills to bat on that pitch. With asking rate climbing, Kohli started playing his shots and raced to 123 before he missed a turning delivery from Adam Zampa to be bowled out.
Kohli made 123 off 95 balls with 16 fours and one six. India were bowled out for 281 to lose the match by 32 runs.