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Run-machine Kohli betters Tendulkar's record!

July 26, 2013 08:47 IST

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India's run machine Virat Kohli added another record to his name when he became the youngest player to score 15 centuries in One-Day Internationals following his match-winning innings of 115 in the first match against Zimbabwe, at Harare, on Tuesday.

Kohli, 24, bettered the record of Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored his 15th century on his 25th birthday.

Kohli is the quickest to race to the landmark, in terms of least innings and least period since debut.

Youngest players to score 15 centuries in ODIs:

Years

Days

Player

For

24

261

V Kohli

Ind

25

0

SR Tendulkar

Ind

27

42

CH Gayle

WI

28

99

SC Ganguly

Ind

28

328

RT Ponting

Aus

29

134

Saeed Anwar

Pak

30

354

HH Gibbs

SA

31

151

JH Kallis

SA

33

49

V Sehwag

Ind

33

138

BC Lara

WI


Image: Virat Kohli
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Kohli is leading India in the ODI series in Zimbabwe in the absence of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

He is the most consistent batsmen in world cricket, especially in ODIs, over the last few years, and it comes as no surprise that he has taken the least number of innings to get to 15 centuries.

Kohli needed 106 innings to hit 15 centuries, while former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar is a distant second with 143 innings to reach that landmark.

Quickest to 15 centuries in ODIs (in terms of innings):

Batsman

For

Inns

Virat Kohli

Ind

106

Saeed Anwar

Pak

143

Sourav Ganguly

Ind

144

Chris Gayle

WI

147

Herschelle Gibbs

SA

161

Desmond Haynes

WI

166

Ricky Ponting

Aus

180

Sachin Tendulkar

Ind

182

Nathan Astle

NZ

192

Brian Lara

WI

198


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Kohli also completed another record in terms of the time taken to hit 15 centuries since making his ODI debut.

The right-hander, who played his first One-Dayer in 2008, took four years and 340 days to get 15 centuries in ODIs.

The next best is West Indian master blaster Chris Gayle, who took seven years and 52 days since his debut to hit 15 centuries.

Tendulkar, who has the record for most centuries in ODIs, is third in the list, as he took eight years and 127 days to get  to 15 centuries.

Quickest to 15 ODI centuries (in terms of days):

Yrs

Days

Player

For

4

340

V Kohli

Ind

7

52

CH Gayle

WI

8

127

SR Tendulkar

Ind

8

131

HH Gibbs

SA

8

270

RT Ponting

Aus

8

278

SC Ganguly

Ind

9

17

Saeed Anwar

Pak


Image: Virat Kohli
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