It seemed just another day in the park for ‘Run Machine’ Virat Kohli as he effortlessly notched up his 40th One-Day International century in the second match of the ongoing series against Australia in Nagpur on Tuesday. From cricketers to netizens, the Indian captain was lauded all over social media as he not just helped India post a respectable 250 on the scoreboard, but also created records.
VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Michael Clarke and commentator Harsha Bhogle were among those who took to Twitter to lavish praises on Virat with terms like 'run machine', 'King Kohli', 'champion' while also lauding his stamina in achieving his milestone despite the hot conditions and the tough pitch. They marveled at his statistics of 40 tons in just 216 innings and credited his 'hunger, consistency, determination and passion'. Here's what they tweeted:
Virat is now just nine hundreds away from legendary Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 49 ODI tons and many tweeted about the same with Mumbai Indians' handle quipping that he's the first 'human' to score 40 hundreds and now chases the Superman. Many felt he will easily cross the Master Blaster.
The No 3 batsman also became the fastest to 9,000 runs as captain and became the first to score seven or more centuries against three different teams.
Sharing Virat's statistics, many felt his achievements on the field make ex-cricketers and his contemporaries look mediocre while others had few words to describe his latest innings.