On the back of becoming the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs, and then following it up with becoming the first Indian to score three centuries on trot in ODIs, no task seems tough for Indian skipper Virat Kohli. And now, it seems, given the unreal ability and quality he possesses, a new challenge awaits him.
An ardent admirer of Kohli, Pakistan's fast bowling legend Shoaib Akhtar has given a task to the Indian skipper. On his official twitter handle, the fiery pace bowler has asked Kohli to reach the 120 centuries mark in international cricket. His message read,
"Guwahati. Visakhapatnam. Pune. Virat Kohli is something else man with three ODI hundreds in a row, the first India batsman to achieve that .. what a great run machine he is ...Keep it up cross 120 hundred mark as I set up for you .."
Kohli continued on his sensational form and created history on Saturday during the third ODI against West Indies, becoming the first Indian batsman to score three centuries on the trot in ODIs. He becomes just the eighth batsman in the history of ODI cricket to accomplish this feat, following the footsteps of Zaheer Abbas, Quinton de Kock, Saeed Anwar, Ross Taylor, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara- the latter leading the way with four centuries in a row.
Earlier in the series, the Indian skipper had become the fastest batsman to reach the 10,000 run mark in this format. He achieved this feat in his 205th innings, overtaking his mentor Sachin Tendulkar who had reached the same number in 259 innings, while further enhancing his reputation as arguably the best ever player of this format.
The 29-year also became the quickest player in terms of time to reach the 10k mark. In just 10 years and 68 days, he achieved this accomplishment, overtaking former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, who had achieved the similar feat in 10 years and 317 days.