Virat Kohli ends calendar year without century for first time since debut in 2008
Virat Kohli ends calendar year without century for first time since debut in 2008

For the first time since his debut in 2008, India skipper Virat Kohli will end a calendar year without having scored a century in One-Day Internationals.

Over the years, the talismanic Indian batsman has built himself into the sole challenger to Sachin Tendulkar's ODI records, especially the number of centuries. While the former India batsman scored 49 centuries in his stellar career, Kohli is just six short of the mark at 43.

The 32-year-old could have got his 44th ton on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the second ODI against Australia but fell short by 11 runs. In Wednesday's game, he made 63, his 60th half-century and became the fastest to get to 12,000 runs trumping Tendulkar's record.

The batsman has played 9 ODIs this year. 3 vs Australia, 3 vs New Zealand and again 3 vs Australia.

Kohli's scores in ODIs played in 2020: 16, 78, 89, 51, 15, 9, 21, 89 and 63

Although Covid-19 caused disruption allowing Kohli to play just nine ODIs -- the least since his debut year 2008 when he played just five -- the India skipper's batting average this year is also the lowest since 2011. He finishes 2020 with an average of 47.88 which is his fourth lowest in a calendar year.

Before this, it was only in his early years - 2008, 2010 and 2011 that his batting average for a calendar year was restricted below 50.

Kohli's average never went below 50 between the years 2012 and 2019.

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