Virat Kohli, the chase master, is at it again.
India defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the third One-day International in Mohali and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series on Sunday.
And it was that man Kohli who was magnificent during a run-chase yet again, taking India to a win with an unbeaten 154. First with Mahendra Singh Dhoni — they shared a 150-run partnership — and then with Manish Pandey, Kohli showed there is no better finisher in the game than him at the moment.
His numbers in ODIs, in case you didn’t realise, are awe-inspiring.
Most ODI 100s
49 S Tendulkar (452 inns)30 R Ponting (365) 28 S Jayasuriya (433)26 Virat Kohli (166*)25 K Sangakkara (380) #IndvNZ— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 23, 2016
Most ODI 100s while chasing:
17 Tendulkar16 Kohli11 Gayle, Dilshan10 Jayasuriya, Anwar— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 23, 2016
16th ODI century while chasing for Kohli. 15 of those in day/night matches. #INDvNZ— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 23, 2016
Kohli Centuries in 2016:
ODI: 117, 110, 107*Tests: 200, 211T20: 100*, 108*, 109, 113— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 23, 2016
As always, there was a whole lotta love for Kohli on Twitter.
Kohli’s epitaph; “he chased down everything”— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) October 23, 2016
Quite amazing how many times Virat Kohli has been there and ton that #INDvNZ— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 23, 2016
And there, just like that. Another century in a run-chase. @imVkohli has written this script so many times. Peerless.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 23, 2016
Kohli. Run machine.— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 23, 2016
Tendulkar after 174 ODIs – 5888 runs, 12 tons, ave 38.73
Kohli after 174 ODIs – 7413*, 26 tons, ave 52.17He is going to sail past Sachin— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) October 23, 2016
Form is temporary, Class is…
Scratch thatFORM IS PERMANENT #kohli— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) October 23, 2016
Virat Kohli giving India an advance Diwali gift. India is gifted to have you, @imVkohli 🙏— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 23, 2016
And of course, Ross Taylor was not spared — the man who dropped Kohli when he was on 6.
Taylor. Poor guy.— SMV (@poisonaavi) October 23, 2016
Great 6 runs by Virat Kohli, fantastic 94 and counting by Ross Taylor. #INDvNZ— Alt Cricket (@AltCricket) October 23, 2016
As an opponent always liked ross Taylor. Helps u more often than not— Adharsh Bharadwaj (@cricadharsh) October 23, 2016
With agency inputs