[Watch] When 21-Year-Old Virat Scored his Maiden ODI Century in 2009

image-lqj4f71lVirat Kohli scored his first ODI Hundred "On this day" in 2009 and then rest is history.(x.com)

In a trip down memory lane to December 24, 2009, the cricket world celebrated the day Virat Kohli marked the beginning of his illustrious international career with a stellar century against Sri Lanka at the iconic Eden Gardens. A 21-year-old Kohli, emerging as India's star batter and run machine, showcased his skills by notching up his maiden ODI century, laying the foundation for a remarkable journey with an impressive tally of 80 international centuries.

The match saw Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Despite an early wicket, Sri Lanka posted a daunting total of 315 runs, fueled by a splendid century from left-handed opener Upul Tharanga. The Indian bowlers faced a tough day, leaking runs against a formidable Sri Lankan batting lineup.

Chasing the massive target, India found themselves in a difficult position with the early dismissals of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar within the first four overs. However, the resilient partnership between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir turned the tide. Kohli's explosive innings of 107 of 114 balls with the help of 11 fours and a single six, coupled with Gambhir's unbeaten 150, not only kept India in the contest but also secured a thrilling victory. This triumph was crucial as it sealed the series for the Men in Blue.

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Despite Gambhir being awarded the Player of the Match for his match-winning knock, he displayed a heartwarming gesture by handing over the award to the young Virat Kohli, acknowledging the significance of his maiden century. Little did the cricketing world know that this humble start would be the beginning of a legendary career, placing Kohli among the greatest players in the history of the game.

Fast forward to the present, Virat Kohli, now 35 years old, stands at the pinnacle of ODI centuries with an impressive record of 50 centuries. As he prepares for the upcoming two-test matches in South Africa, where India will face the home team starting from December 26 in Centurion.