Kohli’s historic century against Pakistan is supported by five astounding statistics.

Just like several of Virat Kohli’s previous knocks, this outstanding century against one of his favorite opponents came with its share of remarkable records

Kohli went from 50 off 55 balls to an unbeaten 122 in 94 balls, smashing 72 runs off his last 39 balls to lift India to a tall total in the rain-interrupted Asia Cup Super Four clash against Pakistan. Batting alongside KL Rahul, Kohli was in top form as the duo dominated Pakistan’s bowling attack. 

Here we run through some milestones and records from the star batter’s 47th ODI ton.

Colombo adoration

Kohli enjoys batting at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo, where he has an ODI average of 128.20. With this knock, the No.3 batsman has four consecutive hundreds at the venue in ODIs, having also made hundreds against Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2017 (twice).

The 128.20 average is the highest in ODI history for a hitter after nine or more innings at a single location.

Kohli’s fondness for the stadium extends across formats; in T20Is, he averages a solid 53.4, with three half-centuries in six outings. He has yet to play a Test match in this country.

The quickest to 13,000 ODI runs

To score 13000 ODI runs is an impressive achievement in and of itself, but to do so more than fifty innings faster than one of the game’s all-time greats is incredible. Kohli’s place in the pantheon of ODI superstars is secure, but this astonishing performance highlights just how exceptional a career he has had.

Kohli reached the milestone in 267 innings, while Sachin Tendulkar needed 321 innings. Ricky Ponting, Mahela Jayawardene, and Sanath Jayasuriya are the only other three batters to have reached the 300-inning mark.

The cherry on top is Kohli’s remarkable average of 57.62 in the format, which is second only to Babar Azam for everyone who has batted more than 100 times.

In one-day internationals, India and Pakistan have the strongest alliance.

Kohli also shared an undefeated 233-run stand with Rahul, the greatest for India against Pakistan in one-day internationals, surpassing the 231-run partnership between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sachin Tendulkar in Sharjah in 1996.

The undefeated stand is also India’s second-highest for the third wicket in ODIs, trailing only the 237* stand between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar against Kenya in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

The stand came at a stunning rate of 7.24 runs per over, joining hands at 123/2. It is the third-fastest double-century stand in ODIs against Pakistan.

Against Pakistan, this is the joint-highest total.

With innings from Kohli and Rahul, India posted 356, their joint-highest ODI total against Pakistan, matching the mark they set at Vizag in 2005.

It’s also the ninth-highest total in men’s ODIs against Pakistan, and the greatest total in ODIs against Pakistan at a neutral venue.

Asia Cup record of Kohli

Kohli averages 67.18 with four hundreds in 14 Asia Cup ODIs, striking at a rate of more than 100. Kohli’s count of hundreds is tied for second-best with Kumar Sangakkara (6 hundreds), and he has a chance to catch the Sri Lanka veteran this tournament.

His 183 against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup remains the greatest individual score in the tournament.