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In case you missed, Virat Kohli has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record

Jaspreet Sahni |Cricketnext | Updated: October 20, 2014, 11:52 AM IST
In case you missed, Virat Kohli has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record

Every Indian fan was waiting for Virat Kohli to return to the kind of form that has earned him the tag of 'run machine', and after showing signs of it with a half-century against West Indies, India's most promising match-winner confirmed regaining his prolific touch with a century - the 20th of his career - at Dharamsala

The unfortunately premature end to West Indies tour came on a series-winning note for India, with Kohli scoring 127 off 114 balls and India reluctantly winning the third ODI by 59 runs, pocketing the curtailed three-match series 2-1.

The match began with the whole West Indies squad accompanying skipper Dwayne Bravo for the toss, showing an act of solidarity after the news of boycotting the tour over a pay dispute with WICB was speedily moving towards confirmation

While the West Indies put on a disinterested show, at least while fielding, Kohli grabbed the opportunity to thump the Windies with 13 fours and 4 sixes in his signature knock.

But the topping on the cake was the news Kohli must have discovered after the India's innings of 330/6 was over - that he has broken his idol Sachin Tendulkar's record.

Kohli's 20th ODI hundred came in his 133rd innings, which is a considerably better rate than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who achieved that landmark in his 197th knock.

Along the way, Kohli knocked off a couple of other milestones; namely, the highest individual score at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala and becoming only the eighth player to score 20 ODI centuries.

It's astonishingly surprising to discover that despite such a hullabaloo over his form and lack of runs, Kohli - with 725 runs in 2014, is second only to Kumar Sangakkara in the list of most ODI runs so far in 2014.

Hopefully, the Delhi dasher can keep that hunger going and growing until India successfully defend the World Cup next year.

First Published: October 20, 2014, 11:52 AM IST

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