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He also became the Indian ODI captain with most hundreds to his name.

That last statistic is frightening.

Kohli's two hundreds in the series so far has India high on confidence but there may still be some issues they'd want to address.

Is there any stopping Virat Kohli in his current form? Sample the following figures. Kohli was content to play the supporting role in a second wicket stand of 140 with Shikhar Dhawan, who pounded 12 fours in making 76 off 63 balls. He ran 28 runs during his knock.

Third ODI between India and South Africa will be played today at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

The result resigned the hosts to an insurmountable three-nil deficit in the six-match series.

Even so, there is no doubting that Indian batting line-up revolves heavily around the top-order.

Ganguly, however, could not have completed the piece without highlighting Kohli's performance: "I have been fortunate enough to play with and against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, and Brian Lara, and this man is right up there with all of them". The thought process is one of accumulation through the middle overs after a hectic start and then exploding in the death overs. Ajinkya Rahane (11), Hardik Pandya (14), MS Dhoni (10), Kedar Jadhav (1) all departed without contributing much, leaving Kohli extremely frustrated at the other end.

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Herein, the glaring inconsistency in selecting a long-term No 4 batsman also creeps in. The SA batting is now looking to De Villiers to salvage some reputation in the 4th ODI which he will be playing.

Amla's innings was a short-lived one once again.

Kohli collected 100 of his 160 runs through singles. The two added 56 runs to the board before Raut (20) was caught by Trisha Chetty off Masabata Klaas' bowling in the 13th over. India's run-rate suddenly soared past six runs per over. "You never get surprised by spinners, especially Indian spinners", he said. Kohli, meanwhile, rockets off into the orbit - average 110.07 in 22 wins. In the last 18 months, we have had 11 debutantes. It fully justified his rise as the vice-captain in limited-overs' formats.

India, currently, has no major chink in their armour.

South Africa, who so far struggled to contain the Indian spinners, asked for five wrist spinners during the practice session ahead of third ODI, to help them counter the wrist-spin threat.

SA‚ who are also without Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock through injury‚ have yet to reach 300 in the series and have twice been dismissed for fewer than 200 runs.

Warner, took to Twitter, and lauded Kohli, saying, "He's on a different level this bloke wow".

In South Africa, Pink ODI is considered a must-attend occasion on their domestic sports calendar.

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