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India in Zimbabwe : Virat Kohli makes it no contest

KohliDhaka, 25 July, Abnews : There was a time during the 1990s when Sachin Tendulkar and India’s success in ODI cricket were synonymous, even if it didn’t always mean that a century from the megastar ensured a victory for his team. The first decade of the 21st century might have seen the burden on Tendulkar reduce a tad with India producing a number of talented and successful batsmen in the 50-over format. But none of them managed to make as big an impact on ODI cricket as Virat Kohli has over the last couple of years. Along the way, the Delhi right-hander has also set a striking trend, that of scoring centuries in matches that India won. Going into the visitors’ first encounter of the five-match series against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, Kohli had led the team to victory with 13 out of his 14 centuries.

On Wednesday, it became 14 out of 15. Kohli, just 24, became the youngest to reach the mark of 15 ODI tons by a distance. It was a knock of brazen arrogance doubled with eye-catching style and grace. It was an innings laden with boundaries either side of the wicket, all 13 of them armed with power and panache. The eventual result was only a formality, a comfortable six-wicket win for the world champions, even if Kohli couldn’t remain at the crease till the very end, being caught in the deep for 115 off 108 balls. But with his stirring century, the young Indian skipper had not only enhanced his reputation further, he’d also set the tone for the tour in blazing fashion.


Promising start

The target wasn’t massive. Despite the apparent inexperience in the middle-order, 229 was never going to test the Indians. The openers had provided a promising beginning. By the time Shikhar Dhawan exited, he and Rohit Sharma had put on 57. The left-hander had once again started off in free-spirited fashion, stroking three sweetly-timed boundaries.



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