Former India skipper Virat Kohli will play on home soil for the first time after giving up captaincy across formats.

While Virat Kohli has been struggling in Tests since 2019, he has been threatening in ODIs. With three-match ODI series starting from Wednesday, the former limited-overs skipper is on the verge of achieving massive records in the fifty-over format.

If he scores his 71st international hundred, the 33-year old will join Ricky Ponting in the list of most hundreds. The former cricketer is in the second spot. Virat will also be joint-second alongside Sachin Tendulkar (5) and Quinton de Kock (5) for the most centuries in an India-South Africa series with AB de Villiers ahead with six tons, and joint-top alongside Tendulkar for the most ODI centuries scored by a visiting batter in South Africa. 

Kohli has scored 1287 ODI runs against South Africa and is fourth among the Indian batters and 8th in the overall list. He needs 26 runs to surpass Rahul Dravid (1309 runs) and Sourav Ganguly (1313 runs) to become the second-highest Indian run-getter after Sachin’s tally of 2001 runs. Ponting (1879 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (1789 runs), Steve Waugh (1581 runs) and S Chanderpaul (1559 runs) are the other top run-getters.

The 33-year old has scored 887 runs in South Africa and another 171 runs will take him ahead of Dravid (930 runs) and Ganguly (1048 runs) to become the third-highest visiting run-getter in the format against the Proteas after Sachin (1453 runs) and Ponting (1423 runs).

Virat needs 113 runs to complete 1000 runs in South Africa. He will become the third Indian cricketer to complete 1000-plus runs in four or more countries. The Delhi born cricketer has amassed 4994 runs in India, 1316 runs in England and 1327 runs in Australia. He will go past Dravid, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma to stand joint-second alongside Sourav with most 1000-plus ODI-run scores in a single country. Sachin leads the list with such feat in six different countries.

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