Centurion: Virat Kohli guided India to a 5-1 series thrashing of South Africa on Friday, with his ton of 129* paving the way for an eight-wicket win in the dead rubber, the sixth and final match of the Momentum ODI series.
After bundling out the Proteas for 204, the India skipper smashed a sizzling ton to help the visitors reach the target with 107 balls to spare.
Another comprehensive victory for the Men in Blue saw them become the first team since Australia in 2002 to clinch five ODI victories in a series against the hosts.
However, there were a host of records broken by Kohli as he struck his third massive century of the series. He became the first-ever batsman to amass 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series, surpassing teammate Rohit Sharma’s 491 against Australia in 2014.
Kohli also became the the highest-scorer in a bilateral ODI series as captain, leaving behind the likes of Australian George Bailey (478 runs versus India in 2013-14), South African AB de Villiers (367 versus Pakistan in 2012-13 ), de Villiers (358 versus India in 2015-16) and New Zealand skipper Kane Willamson (346 versus Pakistan in 2014-15).
With 558 in the series, Kohli set the record for the highest score by a captain in a bilateral ODI series.
The 29-year-old’s unbeaten-160 in the second ODI at Cape Town saw him achieve the highest score by an Indian in South Africa against South Africa.
The swashbuckling right-hander also became the fastest player to reach 17000 runs in international cricket, having achieved the feat in 363 innings so far – 18 ahead of 2nd best Hashim Amla.
Last but not the least, the talismanic skipper tops the list for the most hundreds scored by an Indian captain in ODIs with 13 to his name, overtaking Sourav Ganguly who ended with 11.