India vs England 1st ODI: When Virat Kohli will start his batting against England in the ODI opener at MCA Stadium in Pune, he will be eyeing to end his century dry-run and create multiple records. Virat Kohli is just a century away from breaking the record of Australia captain Ricky Ponting and equal Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
If Kohli is able to smash a hundred in the ODI opener, he will equal Sachin Tendulkar for most centuries in India. Master Blaster had scored 20 tons at home. Besides this, Kohli would also surpass Ponting with the most number of centuries in international cricket across all forms of cricket.
As of now, Kohli and Ponting have 41 centuries each in international matches. A century in the opening fixture will help Kohli overtake Ponting with the most number of tons in ODIs. The duo scored 21 centuries as skipper in the ODIs.
The India skipper is fine form. He smashed 231 runs in 5 T20Is which included 3 half-centuries. His average stood at 115.5 and strike rate of 147.13. Kohli’s blistering knocks helped India clinch 3-2 victory over England in the shortest version of the game.
Kohli was also named Man of the tournament for his dominant show.
However, the India skipper has failed to smash a century in last 1 year and 222 days in the ODI format, which includes a lengthy period of lockdown. The 32-year-old had smashed his last ODI hundred on March 8, 2019, against Australia at JSCA Stadium, Ranchi.
MCA Stadium in Pune will host the ODI fixtures between India and England. India captain is the leading run-scorer at the venue with 319 runs in 4 ODIs with a batting average of 79.75. The scores include 2 centuries and a fifty. The stage is set for Kohli to script another record after his name.
India had last played an ODI series against Australia. They had lost the series 2-1.