Team India captain Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score a hat-trick of centuries in One-Day International (ODI) cricket. The talismanic batsman, having scored a hundred in the first two ODIs against West Indies, notched up his third straight century on the bounce during the third ODI of the five-match series in Pune.
This was his 38th century in ODIs and he got to his landmark in 110 balls. This was Kohli’s fourth hundred in as many innings in ODIs at home. He now has 62 international hundred and is tied fourth on the all-time list with Jacques Kallis. Only Sachin Tendulkar (100), Ricky Ponting (71) and Kumar Sangakkara (63) are ahead.
Batting first, the Windies posted a competitive 283 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. In reply, India were in a serious spot of bother when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was dismissed with close to 100 runs still needed for the win.
As is often the case, Kohli stood tall as other batsmen perished at regular intervals. The 29-year-old went about his business as he always does, taking the least number of risks to bring up yet another ton.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s 38th ODI century went in vain as India fell short of a 284-run target by 43 runs. Marlon Samuels took three wickets in the last 10 overs, including that of Kohli to lead West Indies’ charge to victory. They have now levelled the five-match series 1-1 and India are feeling the effects of being too reliant on their captain during batting efforts.