Melbourne, Jan 17: Virat Kohli surpassed some of the greats of the game when the Indian right-hander struck his 24th century in One Day Internationals.
The 27-year-old Kohli hit a fine 117 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday (January 17) to break Ricky Ponting's record. Kohli is now the fastest to score 24 ODI hundreds, bettering the Australian's mark.
In his 161st ODI innings (169th match), Kohli brought up his 24th three-figure mark. Also during his innings today, he crossed 7,000 runs, being the quickest, erasing AB de Villiers' record.
Ponting needed 278 visits to the crease for 24 ODI centuries while Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya took 370 and Kumar Sangakkara 378. India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar required 219 innings to reach the milestone.
Kohli has moved into the top-5 of the highest century-makers list in ODIs. Tendulkar is way ahead with 49 followed by Ponting at 30.
Most ODI centuries - Top 5
49 - Sachin Tendulkar (463 matches)
30 - Ricky Ponting (375)
28 - Sanath Jayasuriya (445)
25 - Kumar Sangakkara (404)
24 - Virat Kohli (169)