Virat Kohli slammed his 35th century as India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in the 6th ODI at Centurion to clinch the six-match series 5-1. This is the first ever bilateral series win for India on the South African soil.
After put in to bat, South Africa was bowled out for a meagre 204 in the dead rubber. Chasing the target, India romped home in just 32.1 overs. Kohli remained unbeaten on 129, an innings studded with 19 boundaries and two sixes.
Kohli was in a punishing mood as he personally anchored Proteas’ biggest humiliation in a bilateral series at home in last 17 years. The last time South Africa lost 1-5 was back in the 2001-02 season against the Aussies.
Kohli also became the fastest to 9500 ODI runs completing the feat in only 200 innings — 17 less than AB de Villiers.
Such had been Kohli’s dominance in the series, that after his aggregate of 558 runs, the next best was Shikhar Dhawan (323), who is more than 200 runs behind his skipper.
For his brilliant form in the series, the Indian captain was adjudged Man of the Match and Man of the Series.
Twitter was rejuvenated after another scintillating ton by Kohli and was praised for his sensational consistency.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions:
Remarkable innings by @imVkohli to get to his 35th ODI century. Congratulations #TeamIndia on winning an ODI series for the first time in South Africa. Great achievement 🇮🇳 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/lwvazFwnww
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 16, 2018
Freak, Rockstar, Fighter, Winner, Believer – @imVkohli! ☄️😍☄️😍
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 16, 2018
Absolutely delighted to see the way @BCCI came back after the test series to win the ODI’s 5-1. @yuzi_chahal @imkuldeep18 you guys were brilliant throughout 👏 & Congratulations on another stunning knock @imVkohli, it was top notch 👌 #teamindia #INDvsSA
— Karun Nair (@karun126) February 16, 2018
— Murali Vijay (@mvj888) February 16, 2018
One of the best ODI innings I have seen in the recent past. Congratulations, @imVkohli! Excellent work by #TeamIndia to win an ODI series for the first time in South Africa. Way to go, boys✌️✌️ #SAvIND 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/IjAlV2YpHp
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 16, 2018
Virat Kohli should be sent to find Nirav Modi. He's too good at chasing.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) February 16, 2018
— Sarah Taylor (@SarahTheCricket) February 17, 2018
Michael Holding during Commentary – "Vivian Richards Called me during break and said I was never as good as Kohli is"
Modesty from the great Sir Viv , but this has been the Virat Kohli series. Not in years has a batsman dominated the opposition in this manner. #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/yKrAu5GKtV
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 16, 2018
What a phenomenal cricketer @imVkohli has become, the impact that he is going to have on world cricket for years to come. The standard he is setting for the next generation to look up to. Rightfully he is following the path shown by his childhood hero @sachin_rt #INDvSA @BCCI 👌 pic.twitter.com/GF07HAJFzO
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 17, 2018
Parampara ,Pratishtha ,Anushaasan. Congratulations India on the 5-1 series victory. Brilliant effort from the spinners and wonderfully led from the front by Kohli. pic.twitter.com/jYQhLTIqI8
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 16, 2018
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) February 16, 2018
— Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam) February 16, 2018
Many congratulations to the Indian team on an incredible 5-1 series win. Virat Kohli was simply outstanding but the bowlers, especially Chahal and Kuldeep set it up for India with 33 wickets between them. #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/AYtCtUoLhE
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 16, 2018
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) February 16, 2018
Virat Kohli –
Man of the Moment.
Man of the Match.
Man of the Series.
Man of the Year.
Man of the Decade.
Man of the 35 Centuries.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) February 16, 2018