Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s Twitter post for Virat Kohli after his 45th ODI century has gone viral on the microblogging platform. After Rohit Sharma and company started batting in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, R Ashwin made a prophecy that Virat Kohli would hit his 73rd hundred in Guwahati on Tuesday. His prediction finally came true Cricketer from Delhi Dasun went on to smash his 45th ODI hundred against a Shanaka-led side.
“Let’s take a guess, how many of you think we’ll score 400+ with 73 for @imVkohli? #INDvSL,” Ravichandran Ashwin tweeted during the Indian innings after Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka elected to field after winning the toss.
“Jinxing is overrated,” tweeted R Ashwin after Virat Kohli completed his 73rd ton in international cricket.
His tweet instantly went viral on the microblogging platform and has already clocked over 415K views and over 10,000 likes.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s hilarious take on Virat Kohli’s knock also garnered a lot of reactions from netizens who praised both the players on social media.
“People questioned his participation in the T20 WC, he played the best T20 knock against Pakistan, the top scorer in the T20 WC.
He hit back-to-back 100s in ODIs when people talked about his retirement 4 months ago. Best comeback in cricket history, hats off to #KingKohli,” said a virat kohli fan.
“I knew Virat would score 100 the moment you tweeted the last one. We all have a lot of faith in Ashwin’s cricketology,” added another.
“Now just tell me that India will win the world cup this year,” a third asked him.
“That’s why Ravichandran Ashwin is anna cricket scientist, his prediction and excellence are both better than NASA scientist,” commented a fourth.
On the other hand, some disagreed with him and mocked him by posting memes in response to his tweet.
Now let it be ashes 😁😁.!!! Next 400😉 pic.twitter.com/qKAlU1YWOH
— Dr Arun 🇮🇳 (@Im4run) January 10, 2023
— Tom Gravestone (@Whygravestone) January 10, 2023
Where is 400?
Just for fun 🤣 pic.twitter.com/a4AZQnHKZn
— MSD SUDHAR😻❤ (@mersal_sudhar) January 10, 2023
Virat Kohli broke a number of Sachin Tendulkar records on his way to his 45th century against Sri Lanka in Guwahati.
Among the major Sachin Tendulkar world records, Virat Kohli became the fastest to reach 45 hundreds and 12,500 runs in One Day Internationals, broken during his sensational innings against Lanka Lions.
While Sachin Tendulkar needed 424 innings to complete 45 tons in ODIs, the Delhi-born batsman required just 257 innings to get there. In addition, Virat Kohli reached 12,500 runs in 257 ODI innings, ahead of the Little Master who did so on 310.
Virat Kohli also has the most centuries by a non-opener in international cricket.
In addition to the aforementioned milestones, he became the first man to score at least nine centuries against two different teams in ODI cricket.
Earlier, both Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar had 9 tons each against West Indies and Australia respectively. The legendary cricketers also scored 8 hundreds each against Sri Lanka. But with Das’s century against Shanaka and men, Virat Kohli now stands alone on the list with 9 centuries against both Sri Lanka and West Indies.
The 34-year-old surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most centuries on home soil. Both Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are now on 20 tons each for India.
Virat Kohli’s number of shots to get there was significantly less than Sachin Tendulkar’s. While the Little Master needed 160 innings to hit 20 ODI hundreds at home, the India No.3 accomplished the feat in just 99 overs.
Virat Kohli, captain Rohit Sharma and opening partner Shubman Gill walked out of the crease after giving India a fine start with both men hitting fifties. Young Shubman Gill was the first to fall after hitting 70 off 60 balls. Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, looked good to score a hundred but continued to be dismissed for 67 off 83 deliveries.
Virat Kohli, meanwhile, started his innings impressively with a couple of straight drives for boundaries down the ground. After Rohit Sharma’s departure, the Delhi-born cricketer played the role of the sheet anchor perfectly as he played in singles and doubles, hitting the odd boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
But as India neared the 300-run mark, Virat Kohli upped the tempo and subsequently brought up his 45th hundred in the 50-over format. It was the 34-year-old’s second consecutive century in ODIs after he ended a three-year wait for a ton in the second-shortest version of the game in Bangladesh last year.
After failing to cross the hundred mark for a thousand days, Virat Kohli has scored three tons in the last 4 months, starting with his maiden T20I century against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in UAE in September.
It was also Kohli’s 73 ton in international cricket. He is behind only Sachin Tendulkar in international hundreds. Tendulkar is the only cricketer to break 100 centuries – 49 in ODIs and 51 in Tests.