Virat Kohli wasn’t quite in the best of nicks in the 2019 World Cup, though he notched as many as five fifty-plus scores under his belt. The batter has set extremely high standards for himself with his incredible level of consistency at the highest level. The 30-year-old right-handed batsman is currently in the West Indies where he is plying his trade in the three-match ODI series.
He couldn’t quite deliver in the T20I series that preceded the 50-over fixtures but came into his own in the second ODI at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad. Virat raced away to his 42nd ODI century and got a step closer to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 centuries in the format. He came to bat after Sheldon Cottrell got rid of opener Shikhar Dhawan using the DRS.
Virat didn’t go into his shell and kept milking the bowling without much fuss. He got the required support from Shreyas Iyer, who was making his comeback into the national team after more than a year. Iyer scored 71 and was involved in a stand of 125 along with his skipper. Kohli ended up scoring 120 runs off 125 balls and the knock was laced with 14 scorching fours and one maximum.
He fell prey to Carlos Brathwaite, trying to play a rather tired shot. En route the wonderful knock, Kohli surpassed Sourav Ganguly as the all-time leading ODI run-scorer. Moreover, Virat overhauled Javed Miandad’s tally of most ODI runs versus the Windies. The masterclass helped India set their opposition a target of 280, which was later revised to 270, and it turned out to be a bridge too far.
The legendary Wasim Jaffer makes his prediction
In the meantime, Wasim Jaffer, who is the first Indian with two double centuries after the age of 40, predicted the number of tons Virat would end up getting in ODIs when he retires. Jaffer, who donned the national colours in 31 Tests and two ODIs, lauded Virat for another batting masterclass.
Jaffer, who was the batting mentor of the Bangladesh team for the Sri Lanka series, took to Twitter and wrote, “Normal services resume after a break of 11 innings!! i.e. another international for Virat Kohli My prediction is he will get 75-80 ODI 100’s #KingKohli,”
Here is Wasim Jaffer’s tweet
Normal services resumes after a break of 11 innings!!
i.e. another international 💯 for Virat Kohli 👏🏽
My prediction is he will get 75-80 ODI 💯's 🤞🏽🤐#KingKohli
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 12, 2019
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