During India’s World Cup match against South Africa in Kolkata, the 35-year-old cricket player Virat Kohli equaled the world record of 49 One-Day International (ODI) centuries held by the illustrious Sachin Tendulkar. With a single against Kagiso Rabada in the 49th over of India’s innings, Kohli accomplished a historic feat: he completed his 49th ODI century off 119 balls. Interestingly, Kohli scored his 49th century in just his 277th innings during his 289th ODI match, whereas Tendulkar accomplished his feat in his 451st ODI innings. With 101 runs off 126 balls, he concluded his innings undefeated and made a substantial contribution to India’s 326 total.
In eight league matches during the 2023 World Cup, Kohli scored two hundred and four half-centuries. He has an amazing average of 108.40 and a strike rate of 88.27, which puts him second only to South Africa’s Quinton de Kock in terms of run-scoring throughout the tournament. For the first time ever in an ODI World Cup, Kohli has amassed more than 500 runs.
Kohli’s outstanding performance in the ODI format is expected to continue in 2023 as he scores over 1000 runs and five hundreds at a strike rate of 99.82 and an average of 72.18. With this accomplishment, he has now scored more than 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year eight times, breaking Tendulkar’s record of seven times. One of the greatest players of all time in ODI cricket, Kohli never ceases to amaze with his consistency and brilliance.