Kohli and His Daddy Hundreds
Instead of writing a usual article, I am going to answer some questions and explain how Virat Kohli has improved his ability to score those daddy hundreds. Cause it is just easier that way.
A daddy hundred is a century in which the batsman scores more than 140 runs. The average test centurion usually adds 37 more runs once he reaches his century, but for the purposes of this discussion a daddy hundred is any century in which a batsman scores more than 140 runs (also cause it is a round number).
Well, it is called a daddy hundred because it is a hundred so big that a normal century seems small in comparison to a daddy hundred. It makes the milestone of 100 runs feel like a kid and that’s why it is called a daddy hundred. Only 35% of all centuries end up being more than 140 runs.
1. The fact that you score so many runs. (DUH!)
2. The mental strength and fitness it takes to score so many runs.
3. A century is believed to be a milestone in which batsman believe the job is done, which is why you are more likely to be dismissed in the 10 runs after scoring a century (25.95%), than when you are batting in the 90s where you are dismissed less often (20.64%), so for a batsman to continue scoring runs even after his century. It is really special.
4. You tend to win more games when you score a daddy hundred (49.54%), compared to when you don’t score one (40.55%).
Well any batsman can really, but it helps if you are a fit batsman in this day and age and are willing to remain hungry even after you score a century. It’s all about the mindset really. There is a job-done mentality once a batsman scores a century, which is one of the effects of having a milestone.
Kohli has been scoring a lot of these daddy hundreds for a while now, on average Kohli adds 45.53 runs per century.
Yes, really good.
Not really, while Kohli’s numbers are just about fine. (He is the 23rd batsman to add more runs in a century in a list of 75 batsmen to have scored at least 15 centuries).
It’s Kohli’s improvement that I wanted to talk about.
Kohli and Daddy Hundreds were not a thing in the early part of his career. There was a serious question about him being able to score that many runs. In his first 6 centuries for India he just added 8.83 runs per century with just 2 of them coming in winning causes.
While Kohli was getting those centuries, he was not making them big and as said before it is the big centuries which make a bigger impact in the result of the match.
There was an improvement though when Kohli went Down Under for the second time. In the memorable Adelaide test he cracked a brilliant 141 in the 2nd innings when India were looking for a win. From that first test to the first test of India’s tour to Sri Lanka in 2015, Kohli managed to score five centuries but added just 35 runs per century. He had scores of 141,169 and 167 in this period, but this was a period where he showed he had the ability and skill to score daddy hundreds. It was not yet the period where he took off though.
That began when India toured West Indies. In the first test he scored a double century and since then he had added four more double centuries to that list. That list reads as 200, 211, 167, 235, 204, 103, 104 & 213.
In this period Kohli had 8 centuries and barring 2 of them he scored 150 plus in each innings, which is mighty impressive. But what makes it more impressive is that Kohli added 79.63 runs per century since he first scored a double ton. That speaks volumes.
To understand how good Kohli’s daddy hundreds have been since 2016, we can compare it to the overall list. He is second on the list only to the legendary Sir Don Bradman who would add 85.97 runs per century. But this is just for 8 games, while Bradman did this for 28 centuries.
So Kohli has ten centuries in the range of 100-139, and India has won 3 of those games. That’s a win percentage of just 30%, which is really poor and not what Kohli would want.
In games where Kohli has scored more than 140 runs, India has won 6 out of 9 games - an impressive win % of 66.67%.
In games where Kohli has scored more than 140 runs, India has won 6 out of 9 games
Among the top 4 batsman, Kohli does not add the most runs per century. That’s something which Joe Root does well adding 57.46 runs per century, but Kohli (45.53) is ahead of Steve Smith (42.29) and Kane Williamson (40.06).
From left: Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith
But it has to be noted that among the top 4 batsmen, it is Root who has the fewest centuries at 13 behind Kane Williamson (16), Virat Kohli (19) and Steve Smith (21).
In test cricket, every century is beautiful because a lot goes into scoring those runs. It is not as easy as it seems and it’s time we appreciate when a batsman scores a daddy hundred because they are just beautiful.