Chennai, Oct 22: India's Virat Kohli achieved yet another milestone in his One Day International (ODI) career when he surpassed former captain Sourav Ganguly and moved to 2nd spot, behind batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. (Kohli does a Sehwag)
At the M Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday (October 22) in the 4th ODI against South Africa, Kohli struck his 23rd hundred in 50-over internationals to move past Ganguly, Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) in the all-time century-makers list.
The 26-year-old Kohli is the 2nd in India's list of most century scorers in ODIs. The record holder for the country and in the world is Tendulkar with 49 three-figure scores.
After going through a lean patch where he did not manage to score a single half century in 12 innings, Kohli bounced back to good form (77) in the last game in Rajkot.
Today, he reached the century with a six off left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso. He got to 100 off 112 balls. This was Kohli's 1st ODI ton against South Africa and now completes the set against all 9 Test-playing nations. He was dismissed for 138 as India scored 299/8.
Today, in good batting conditions amidst the heat, Kohli blossomed at the crease and went past Ganguly. The Delhi right-hander is now the leading century-maker in ODIs among active cricketers. He is 5th in all-time list.The top 4 have all retired from the game - Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara.
Kohli was today playing in his 165th ODI (157 innings). Ganguly ended his career with 311 ODI caps while Tendulkar played 463 matches, a world record.
Most ODI centuries in the world (Top 10) - As on October 22, 2015
49 - Sachin Tendulkar (India)
30 - Ricky Ponting (Australia)
28 - Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
25 - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)
23 - Virat Kohli (India)
22 - AB de Villiers (South Africa), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Sourav Ganguly (India)
21 - Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs (both from South Africa)
20 - Saeed Anwar (Pakistan)
19 - Brian Lara (West Indies), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
18 - Mark Waugh (Australia)