There is no doubt whatsoever that Virat has set the bar on consistency very high. An average of over 50 in all three formats (ODI average almost 60) shows just how prolific and consistent he has been in every format.
He is in fact just six centuries away from equalling Sachin Tendulkars all time ODI centuries record of 49.
The last time Virat Kohli scored an ODI century was back in March 2019 vs Australia. He has once again looked in sublime touch in the ongoing series vs England so far, with back to back fifties.
In today’s winner take all clash in the 3rd ODI, if the Indian captain scores his 44th ODI century, he will equal a very special Sachin record.
Here’s a quick look at what’s at stake in today’s match in terms of personal milestones. And the other big statistics going into the series decider in Pune today:
* Virat Kohli (India) is one century away from equalling the record for most men’s ODI tons in India (record currently held by Sachin Tendulkar – 20)
* Virat is also one century shy of posting the joint-most hundreds in men’s ODIs between India and England (record currently held by Yuvraj Singh – four)
* England are looking to avoid back-to-back multi-game men’s ODI bilateral series defeats for the first time since 2014 when they lost three such series in succession (two against Sri Lanka and one versus India); it is 1-1 heading into the final game of this three-match series today
* Four of the last five men’s ODI matches played between India and England have been won by the current World Champions (Lost 1), including a comprehensive six-wicket victory in the second ODI of the ongoing series
* England have scored 148 runs in the powerplay (overs 1-10) across the two encounters against India in this series, the hosts have only posted 80 during that phase of the game
* Jonny Bairstow (England) comes into this series finale having logged scores of 111, 94 and 124 in his last three ODI knocks versus India, striking 20 sixes in that time
* Bairstow has also registered more maximums against India in this format than any other England batsman (26)
* Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow now have 13 men’s ODI century stands together after their 110-run partnership last time out (26 March 2021), the most ever recorded by an England pairing
* Roy and Bairstow also have the highest average (61.6) of any opening partnership ever in men’s ODI cricket (20+ innings)
* Ben Stokes (England) reached his 50 off 40 balls, but then managed to record 49 runs off the next 11 balls during the 2nd ODI vs India (26 March 2021); Stokes has averaged 56.4 in ODIs since the start of 2017 (42 innings)
* England’s Tom Curran has been hit for sixes more regularly than any other seamer to log 1,000+ deliveries in men’s ODIs since the start of 2018 (every 38 balls)