Sanjay Bangar believes Virat Kohli can reach 50 ODI centuries in 2023
By SMCS - Jan 2, 2023 11:08 am
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Former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar feels Virat Kohli has a great chance of reaching the 50 ODI century mark in 2023 but he might not be able to do so as well. However, Kohli, with 44 ODI centuries to his name, is only five behind the all-time record held by none other than the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. His recent century in the final ODI against Bangladesh was his first since 2019. During an interaction on the Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’, Bangar opened up on this.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli

“He has done that at a breathtaking pace because to reach 44 hundreds so young in his career is a fabulous achievement. But for me, can he do it this season taking into account the number of games that India have – maybe 26 or 27 if they eventually end up reaching the finals, then obviously there is a realistic chance that he can touch that milestone. He will have to bat out of his skin because as somebody who is playing all the formats, he will have to take regular breaks. I think the breaks will now be in the T20 format, not so much in the 50-over format. I don’t think he will touch it but he will get pretty close,” he shared.

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However, Virat Kohli has been rested for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka starting on January 3. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir also opened up on Kohli’s likely approach in ODIs going forward as well.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli scored a match-winning fifty

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“First of all, we need to be very clear that now we have got more impactful players as compared to Virat and Rohit. We have got Ishan (Kishan) at the top, we have got Surya (Suryakumar Yadav) who is an impact player. Shreyas Iyer is in the form of his life. So it’s going to take a lot of pressure off Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma which is going to be good for Indian cricket because you can’t just keep talking about Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli needing to do the job, now you have got other guys who can actually win you games single-handedly as well. So I think Virat Kohli can now probably anchor the innings and take the pressure off his shoulders,” he concluded.