Virat Kohli joins Ricky Ponting and Clive Lloyd in elite company

first_imgIndia’s eight-wicket victory over England in the first ODI on Thursday has put skipper Virat Kohli in an elite company.The Trent Bridge game was the 50th ODI match for Kohli as India captain. Kohli has now won 39 ODIs as the leader of the team, which is the joint-highest along with former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting after 50 ODIs.While Ponting lost nine matches in his first 50 ODIs as captain, Kohli and Lloyd experienced 10 and 11 defeats respectively.Kohli holds a win percentage of 78 in the 50-over format — the highest for a player who has captained a side for more than 25 matches in ODIs.Kuldeep Yadav’s spell best I have seen for a while in ODIs: Virat KohliThe 29-year-old won the toss on Thursday and asked England to bat first. Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) gave hosts the perfect start before Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled the English batsmen with his wrist-spin.Kuldeep Yadav creates ODI history with figures of 6 for 25 vs EnglandBen Stokes (50) and Jos Buttler (53) scored crucial fifties as the home team was bowled out for 268 in 49.5 overs. Kuldeep returned match figures of 6/25, best figures by an Indian in ODIs against England in England.The 23-year-old Kuldeep is only the second left-arm chinaman bowler after Brad Hogg to pick up a five-wicket haul in ODIs.4 days after record T20I hundred, Rohit Sharma bullies England with 18th ODI tonIn reply, Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 137 and Virat Kohli’s polished 75 helped India to romp home with 59 balls to spare.advertisementRohit’s 137 is now the highest by an Indian in ODIs against England in England.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTKohli, who looked set to score another century, was stumped by Buttler off Adil Rashid. It was the first such dismissal for Kohli since 2011 in international cricket. He has got stumped only thrice in his entire international career.Kuldeep Yadav eyes Test call-up after Trent Bridge heroicsWith his 75, Kohli also went past 600 ODI runs this year in only his seventh match. He also went past 1000 runs in international cricket in 2018.last_img read more