Virat Kohli, the former captain of India, continued his streak of prolific scoring in the first One Day International (ODI) at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium on Tuesday against Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka. As Rohit Sharma and the company amassed an enormous score in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli struck his 45th ODI century, moving one step closer to overtaking Sachin Tendulkar’s global record.

Veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shared an interesting tweet concerning the first ODI between the two sides, in which he claimed that King Kohli will get a century in the series opener in Guwahati. Before Kohli turned his rapid fifty into a historic century, spinner Ashwin predicted that the former Indian captain will hit his 73rd international century on Tuesday.

How many of you believe that we will score 400+ with a 73rd for@imVkohli, just to take a go at it? #INDvSL,” said Ashwin in a tweet. Kohli exceeded expectations by scoring his 45th ODI century, helping the hosts to a respectable 373 for 7 in 50 overs. The Indian all-rounder sent another cheeky tweet to win the internet after Ashwin’s comments on Kohli became the talk of the town. Ashwin posted an amusing meme along with the statement, “Jinxing is overrated.”

In the 50-over match, Kohli slammed a quick-fire 113 off 87 balls to aid Rohit’s India in posting a big total. In the limited-overs format, the former Indian captain set a new record by scoring his ninth century against Sri Lanka, surpassing Tendulkar in the process. In the first game of the series, Kohli scored the most runs for India, although Rohit (83) and Shubman Gill (70) also contributed significantly for the Guwahati hosts. The legendary batsman Kohli is now only four centuries away from tying Tendulkar’s ODI record of 49 hundred. For the two-time world champions, the 34-year-old has hit 45 tonnes and 64 half-centuries in 266 ODIs.