Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli becomes the new bunny of Josh Hazlewood

India vs Australia 3rd ODI – Kohli vs Hazlewood: Even though Virat Kohli has been termed as Adam Zampa’s bunny, but it’s the Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood who got the better of the Team India skipper in all the games of the three-match ODI series and dismissed Kohli thrice.

Overall, Hazlewood has dismissed Kohli for the fourth consecutive time in ODIs this year. In both the ODIs in Sydney, the 29-year-old had gotten him and the Canberra ODI was no different as yet again Kohli was undone by a peach of a delivery from Hazlewood on Wednesday.

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Notably, this was the fourth consecutive time that Hazlewood sent Kohli back to the pavilion in ODIs this year as the Australian had gotten him out in Bangalore in 2020 as well when Australia toured India.

Trent Boult, Junaid Khan and Jhye Richardson are the other bowlers who have dismissed Kohli three consecutive times.

India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Kohli bags unwanted record

For the first time since 2008, Virat Kohli did not score an ODI century in a calendar year.
In his debut in 2008, Kohli smashed 54 and that was the only fifty he hit in that entire year as he finished with an average of 31.8. However, in 11 years, the Delhi batsman managed at least one century with his best being in 2017 and 2018 in which he hit six centuries and averaged 76 and 133.

But, with Kohli being dismissed on 63 on Wednesday in the final ODI of the series against Australia, the Indian skipper failed to keep the century-streak going.

Virat Kohli ODI 100s

  • 2008: 0 (Five innings)
  • 2009: 1 (8)
  • 2010: 3 (24)
  • 2011: 4 (34)
  • 2012: 5 (17)
  • 2013: 4 (30)
  • 2014: 4 (20)
  • 2015: 2 (20)
  • 2016: 3 (10)
  • 2017: 6 (26)
  • 2018: 6 (14)
  • 2019: 5 (25)
  • 2020: 0 (9)

Also, this sees Kohli end with a highest individual score of 89 this calendar year. He reached the 89-run mark twice this year and both times against Australia — once in the second ODI on Sunday and earlier in Bengaluru in January.

However, it must be noted that Kohli was a part of only 9 ODI matches this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before this Australia tour, the last ODI that India had played came in February during their tour of New Zealand.

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India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 12000 ODI runs

Kohli added another feather to his illustrious cap by becoming the fastest to reach 12,000 runs in ODI cricket and in the process broke another record set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The 32-year-old achieved the feat in the third ODI against Australia at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

Tendulkar completed 12,000 ODI runs in 300 innings. Whereas Kohli took just 242 innings to reach the landmark figure.

Fastest to 12,000 runs in ODIs:

  • Virat Kohli – 251 matches, 242 innings
  • Sachin Tendukar – 309 matches, 300 innings
  • Ricky Ponting – 323 matches, 314 innings
  • Kumar Sangakkara – 359 matches, 336 innings
  • Sanath Jayasuriya – 390 matches, 379 innings
  • Mahela Jayawardene – 426 matches, 399 innings
Earlier on Sunday, Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 22,000 international runs. He achieved this landmark during his 89-run inning while chasing against Australia in the second ODI in Sydney.
Kohli completed his 22,000th run in his 462nd international inning. The Delhi batsman surpassed Tendulkar, Brian Lara, and Ricky Ponting who took 493, 511, and 514 innings respectively to record the same feat.