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How January 15 Turned Special For Virat Kohli, Three Years In A Row

Written By Joel Kurian | Mumbai | Published:


  • Like this knock, his first hundreds of 2017 and 2018 also were scored on the same date, that year.
  • In 2018, the skipper scored a fine hundred against South Africa in the second Test at Centurion while in 2017, he played a stylish knock of 122 in the first ODI of the series against England in Pune

Virat Kohli went closer to Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 One Day International hundreds by notching up his 39th ODI ton in the second ODI of the ongoing series in Adelaide.    

The Indian captain smashed a brilliant 104 off 112 deliveries to chase down the target of 299 to make the three-match ODI series level at 1-1.    

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What’s coincidental is that the skipper seems to have the Midas touch on January 15. Like this knock, his first hundreds of 2017 and 2018 also were scored on the same date, that year.  

In 2018, the skipper scored on January 15 a fine hundred against the fiery pace attack of Morne Merkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi in the second test against South Africa at Centurion. While India ended up on the losing side then despite his 153, that wasn’t the case a year before that. 

Virat produced a brilliant display of his willow in a stylish knock of 122 that ensured India successfully chased down the mammoth target of 351 in the first ODI of the series against England in Pune. 

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Virat’s knock on Tuesday was only his second on the big tour of Australia, something that doesn’t live up to his ‘run-machine’ tag, but fans would definitely hope for him to conclude the trip down Down Under with another hundred that sets up a series victory.

The 30-year-old was brilliantly supported by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who also got a fifty. The opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had laid the platform for the middle order to capitalise. Previously, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's four-wicket haul stood out in the bowling department to restrict Australia to 298-9.