The Indian cricket team has proved to itself and the world that they are masters of One Day International cricket. While the team lost the first two Test matches, and managed to win the third, the ODIs have been smooth-sailing.
India had already won the ODI series against South Africa early on. By the time it was over, India had taken five out of six games. The only game the South African team managed to win was their game in pink.
India beat South Africa by eight wickets, with a score of 204/10 in 46.5 overs. The South African team made 206/2 in 32.1 overs.
Kohli Broke Records Throughout ODIs
Virat Kohli played particularly well in the ODI series. He went on to break a number of records, confirming his domination of this cricket format.
During the sixth ODI, Kohli reached his 35th ODI century. He made three tons in this series alone. The sixth match saw Virat reach 129 runs.
Over the six ODIs, he made a total of 558 runs. Kohli’s run total in this series has taken him past Rohit Sharma’s previous record of 491 runs in the six-match ODI series against Australia in 2013/4.
Kohli has now scored 56 international centuries. He does have some way to go to reach number one. He is now ranked fifth for the number of centuries in international cricket. The first place record is held by Sachin Tendulkar with 100 international centuries.
Kohli also holds the distinction of being the first Indian cricket captain to have won a bilateral ODI against South Africa playing on their home turf.
Spin Bowling Duo Shine
It should be noted that while Kohli played outstanding cricket, he did not beat South Africa single-handedly.
This series saw that incredible bowling spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The spinners took 33 wickets between them.