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How many centuries has Virat Kohli scored in international cricket?

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It's been over 12 years since Virat Kohli made his debut for India in an ODI against Sri Lanka. His first taste of international cricket turned into more regular opportunities two years later and since then, he hasn’t looked back. As he completes his 12th year in international cricket, we take a look at the progress of his century ticker.

2008 – 2010 

Kohli made zero centuries across formats in international cricket in his debut year. He played five matches and recorded a highest score of 54. But the century never happened until 2009. After two half-centuries in the year, Kohli ended 2009 with his maiden century in international cricket – a 107 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. He followed that up with three tons in 2010, including one in January against Bangladesh in an ODI and two successive ones late in the year against Australia and New Zealand, again in ODIs.

2011 – 2013 

In the World Cup year, Kohli made a 100* against Bangladesh at Dhaka and after the World Cup, recorded his maiden ton outside the sub-continent in Cardiff against England. He followed that up with another ton against the same opposition back home in Delhi and finished off with a 117 against West Indies in Vizag. Four tons, all in ODIs, were recorded in 2011.

2012 was perhaps the year that turned Kohli into the beast he is now. He recorded eight centuries in the year including his maiden Test ton at Adelaide against Australia. He made two more Test tons in the year – both at home, against New Zealand and England respectively. In ODIs, he recorded his highest score, a mammoth 183 versus Pakistan in Dhaka. He also recorded three ODI tons against Sri Lanka in the same year.

Six centuries were recorded in 2013 including ODI tons in Zimbabwe and West Indies and a Test ton against South Africa in Johannesburg. He also made a Test century against Australia at Chennai.

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2014 - 2016 

Kohli made 19 centuries in the period between 2014 and 2016 and became recognized as the world’s premier batsman across formats. He began the year 2014 with an ODI ton against New Zealand at Napier. A Test ton at Wellington followed but the highlight of the year was his exceptional Test series in Australia where he made three tons – 115 and 141 at Adelaide and 169 at Melbourne.

He continued the trend in 2015 and made a fourth ton in the Australian series at Sydney. A World Cup century against Pakistan followed. A Test hundred at Galle against Sri Lanka and an ODI century against the Proteas at home completed a fabulous 2015 for him.

Centuries followed in 2016 too as he recorded seven of them across formats including a maiden double century against West Indies. Two more double tons followed in the year – against New Zealand and England.

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2017 - 2018 

The bumper years in international cricket for Virat Kohli, 2017 and 2018 saw him record an exceptional 22 international hundreds including 10 in Test cricket alone. In 2017, a double ton against Bangladesh and back-to-back double centuries against Sri Lanka at home were also recorded. He made ODI tons against England and West Indies too in 2017 but Sri Lanka was his primary target. Two ODI tons, two Test hundreds and two Test double hundreds were recorded in 2017 alone against Sri Lanka.

In 2018, he made three ODI hundreds in a six-match series in South Africa post a valiant Test ton in the same tour at Centurion. Two Test tons were recorded in England as well before a hat-trick of ODI tons against the Windies followed at home. In Australia, he recorded a Test ton at Perth.

Year

100s

Innings / 100

2008

0

NA

2009

1

8.00

2010

3

8.33

2011

4

11.75

2012

8

5.75

2013

6

7.17

2014

8

5.88

2015

4

9.25

2016

7

5.86

2017

11

4.73

2018

11

4.27

2019

5

5.60

2020

0

NA

2019 

Kohli started the year with a match-winning ODI hundred against the Aussies at Adelaide before getting two more at home against the same opposition.

In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Kohli made five successive half-centuries but failed to convert any of those to hundreds. However, he rocked back to form in the tour of West Indies with back-to-back centuries in the ODI series. 

The skipper finished the year with a double-ton against South Africa and a century in the pink-ball Test against Bangladesh.

2021

Cricket slowly got back on track this year, with teams playing and traveling in bio-secure bubbles. Kohli has featured in 12 international matches across formats but has yet to reach three-figure scores. It has now been more than a year since his last hundred.

Featured photo: AFP / Ishara Kodikara & Randy Brooks

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