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 Top 5 Indians With Most ODI Centuries In SENA Countries

image-lqjdjt00Virat Kohli celebrating his 50th ODI century (AP)

The pursuit of centuries is an ultimate demonstration of a batsman’s mastery and resilience. Yet, amid the spirited ODI affairs that unfold in the cricketing arenas of South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia – collectively known as SENA countries – the art of scoring centuries transcends mere statistical achievement.

For a batting powerhouse like India, the allure of making match-winning hundreds in SENA nations resonates with a significance beyond numbers. It serves as a testament to one’s mettle while confronting the relentless challenges posed by foreign turfs, varied climates, and seam-friendly pitches. Within such formidable landscapes, where swing and bounce often dictates the tempo, a handful of Indian cricketers have marked their names on several overseas bastions with remarkable batting efforts.

Here at OneCricket, we look at five Indian batters who have excelled on the adversarial conditions of SENA countries the most by producing the highest number of ODI centuries.

Top Five Indians With Most ODI Centuries in SENA Countries:

1. Rohit Sharma - 13 centuries

India’s quintessential run-raider Rohit Sharma has plundered 13 out of his 31 ODI centuries to date within the challenging settings of SENA countries. The first of them came against Australia at the iconic MCG back in January 2015, where he mauled the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins with a run-a-ball 138. He also belted successive centuries, including overseas best 171*, against Australia the following year at Brisbane and at a fast-paced Perth surface.

The legendary Indian opener further optimized his sensational run with the bat by hitting five centuries in the space of a single World Cup edition in England, 2019. The cricketer has already enhanced his reputation as a man for the big occasions, considering seven of his 13 SENA centuries have occurred at the grand stage of ICC ODI events.

Sharma’s ability of negating the new-ball seam is only matched by his boundary-conquering excellence, regardless of the playing conditions on offer.

2. Virat Kohli - 10 centuries

After conquering the spin-friendly conditions of India and Bangladesh, Virat Kohli hit his maiden century outside Asia by scoring 107 against England at Cardiff in 2011, i.e., in his third year of ODI cricket. However, it was the 133* he belted against Sri Lanka at Hobart a few months down the line that truly signified his stature as a potential modern-day legend.

Kohli justified his reputation as an overseas specialist by scoring centuries at will across Australian, South African and New Zealand conditons. He seemed to have taken a special liking to South Africa’s hostile surfaces during India’s all-format trip in 2018, where he hit three match-winning tons in the space of two weeks to finish the six-game series with 558 runs to his name.

Overall, Virat Kohli has listed 10 of his 50 ODI hundreds within the confinements of SENA territory.

3. Sachin Tendulkar - 9 centuries

All-time great Sachin Tendulkar concluded his ODI career at the top of the run-scoring and century-making pile in 2012, before his spiritual successor Virat Kohli usurped his tally in 2023. Regardless, the fact that Tendulkar’s 49 ODI tons are spread across 12 different nations indicate the breadth of his dominance and adaptability, showcasing his ability to conquer varying conditions and oppositions.

The ‘Master Blaster’ minted runs at will across all South African surfaces during the 2003 World Cup, and unfurled one of the innings of his career during the 2008 tri-series final against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Sachin Tendulkar also blasted his overseas best of 163* against New Zealand during the twilight of his international career in 2009 at Christchurch.

4. Shikhar Dhawan - 8 centuries

Shikhar Dhawan, in one of his earliest ODI assignments for Team India, made his presence felt by conjuring a match-winning ton against South Africa at Cardiff in June 2013. He followed it up with another hundred, this time taking West Indies to the cleaners a week later in London. Dhawan’s twin batting specials signaled India’s victorious run at the 2013 Champions Trophy in England, thus solidifying himself not just a potential overseas conqueror but also a man for the big stage.

The cricketer registered a few more tons in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and added two more to his English tally during the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup.

The dashing left-hander went on to blast eight out of 17 career centuries in SENA countries, with most of them resulting in emphatic Indian wins.

5. Sourav Ganguly - 8 centuries

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly listed eight centuries, including two in Australia during January 2000 and three in the space of one month during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Overall, the cricketer pounded 22 ODI tons to retire as one of the greatest batsmen in format’s history.

Ganguly’s run-scoring pedigree across all surfaces and against challenging bowling attacks fortified his reputation as a versatile and tenacious batsman capable of thriving in diverse conditions. Moreover, one of the defining knocks (141) of his glittering ODI career came against a Pakistani attack comprising the likes of Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar at the Adelaide Oval.