There is no doubt that Virat has set the bar very high when it comes to consistency. An average of over 50 in all three formats (ODI average close to 60) shows how prolific and consistent it has been across all formats.
He is in fact only six centuries away from equaling Sachin Tendulkars of all time record 49 ODI centuries.
The last time Virat Kohli marked a century ODI was back in March 2019 against Australia. He has once again looked sublime in touch in the ongoing series against England so far, with 50s back to back.
In today’s winner, win all clashes in 3rd ODI, if the Indian captain marks his 44th ODI century, he will tie a very special Sachin record.
Here’s a look at what’s at stake in today’s game in terms of personal milestones. And the other big stats going into the series’ decision in Pune today:
* Virat Kohli (India) is a century away from leveling the record for most ODI tonnes of men in India (record currently held by Sachin Tendulkar – 20)
* Virat is also a century shy to display the hundreds of most common male ODIs between India and England (record currently held by Yuvraj Singh – four)
* England seek to avoid back-to-back defeats in the ODI men’s bilateral multi-game series for the first time since 2014, where they have lost three such series in succession (two to Sri Lanka and one to India); it’s 1-1 before the last game of this three-game series today
* Four of the last five men’s ODI matches between India and England have been won by the current World Champions (Lost 1), including a complete six-wicket victory in the second ODI of the current series.
* England have scored 148 power-play points (1-10 overruns) in the two games against India in this series, with the hosts posting just 80 in this phase of the game.
* Jonny Bairstow (England) enters this series final after registering scores of 111, 94 and 124 in his last three ODI shots against India, hitting 20 sixes at that time.
* Bairstow also recorded more highs against India in this format than any other English batsman (26)
* Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow now have 13 Men’s ODI Century Teams together after their 110-round partnership last time (March 26, 2021), the most ever recorded by an English couple.
* Roy and Bairstow also have the highest average (61.6) of all opening partnerships ever recorded in the male ODI locust (20 rounds and more)
* Ben Stokes (England) hit his 50 out of 40 balls, but then managed to record 49 runs on the next 11 balls in the 2nd ODI against India (March 26, 2021); Stokes has averaged 56.4 ODI since the start of 2017 (42 innings)
* England’s Tom Curran has been hit six times more consistently than any other crimper to record over 1,000 deliveries in ODI for men since the start of 2018 (all 38 bullets)