Virat Kohli waited for an international hundred for 83 international innings or 1028 days. He maintained his fitness, but good fortune avoided him. Runs eventually began to dry up, and discussions regarding his position in the squad started to simmer before he decided to take a month off, a decision that received harsh criticism. But Kohli hasn’t turned around since his comeback in the Asia Cup. In the 123 days that have passed, Kohli has amassed three tonnes, the latest of which, on Tuesday against Sri Lanka in the series opener in Guwahati, saw Kohli tie Sachin Tendulkar’s astounding ODI century record. Two of Kohli’s centuries came in successive ODI innings. Later, the legendary Indian batsman answered with a wonderful tweet. (Live Score: First ODI between India and Sri Lanka)

To reach his 113-run total in the first ODI against Dasun Shanaka’s team, Kohli smashed 80 deliveries, becoming the 45th player to reach the century mark. He equaled Sachin’s record for most home hundreds with the result. With 20 such runs between them, they both hold the record for the joint-most by a batter in a nation in ODIs.

“(Virat, keep acting this way. Keep India’s reputation in the spotlight.) Wonderful batting display by the top order! @ImVkohli @ImRo45 @ShubmanGill, #INDvSL “Tweets from Sachin.

“After the Bangladesh trip, I had a little bit of a rest and participated in a few practice sessions before this game, so I was fresh. I couldn’t wait for the home season to begin. I was pleased that I was able to hold the pace and we ended with 370, as the openers allowed me to enter the game “After India set Sri Lanka a goal of 373 runs, Virat stated.

The top order, according to Sachin, gave India the ideal start. With their half-centuries, Shubman Gill and skipper Rohit Sharma put up a 143-run partnership.