New Delhi: The sports journalists are short of adjectives to define Virat Kohli's incredible run in limited-overs cricket since the beginning of the year. The Delhi batsman, who has been in sensational form in the last 10 months, once again played a mind-blowing knock as he guided India to an emphatic seven-wicket win against New Zealand in the third ODI.
Chasing a decent total of 285 runs, Kohli was right on the money from the word go and it once again looked like he cannot put a foot wrong when it comes to chasing. Barring that dropped catch by Ross Taylor, Kohli played a flawless innings where he was involved in a 151-run stand for the third wicket with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (80), who rolled back the years for his fans and expressed himself at the crease.
Kohli 154-run knock was studded with 16 boundaries and a six. From T20Is, to Tests, to ODIs, there's no stopping Kohli.
Here are some of the highlights of Kohli's ton at Mohali:
1) In terms of batting second, Kohli (16) is now ranked second, after Sachin Tendulkar (17), who still owns the record for hitting maximum centuries while chasing.
2) Virat Kohli is now behind Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28) in the list of most ODI hundreds.
3) This is also the highest score by any batsman in an ODI match at Mohali. He surpassed MS Dhoni’s 139 against Australia in 2013.
After Dhoni's dismissal in the 36th over, Kohli took the onus on his shoulders to do most of the scoring and accelerated the pace of his innings in the death overs.
With this victory, India take a 2-1 lead over New Zealand in the five-match ODI series. India need to win the series 4-1 at least to move up the ICC ODI rankings.