On Sunday, India’s skipper Virat Kohli carries up his 30th century in the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka which led the country side to a six wicket win and 5-0 series win in Colombo. This was Kohli’s second century of the five-series of ODI which is equalled to Australian legendary Ricky Ponting behind of Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli had scored his century in Colombo from 107 balls and the score took his tally in the year beyond the 1000-run mark.
Kohli said that it would take “hell of an effort” to be equal with Sachin Tendulkar. After the match win against Sri Lanka, the 28-year-old said at the post-match press conference, “The great man (Sachin Tendulkar) is quite a bit away.”
“That’s going to take a hell of an effort. Again, I am not thinking about that. It’s only about the team where even if I score a 90 not out and the team goes across the line, it’s good enough for me.”
Kohli added, “It’s an honour for me to equal someone like Ricky Ponting. That’s not something that you aim for but obviously, he’s a great player and as batsmen, we all respect what these legends have done.”
Skipper Kohli has said on team’s wins over personal accolades, “I look to perform as well as I can for the team. These things keep happening as you go along in your career. You don’t target these things, but those stat windows are hard to neglect because they pop up everywhere after you have achieved something.”