• Friday, December 01, 2023


Kohli fails to equal Tendulkar’s ODI century milestone once again in World Cup 2023, breaks another record

The India batter has scored one hundred in the current World Cup while he fell in the 90s once and 80s twice.

India’s Virat Kohli plays a shot in a World Cup 2023 match. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA batter Virat Kohli failed to equal the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries in one-day internationals (ODI) in the game against Sri Lanka in World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He though broke the latter’s another major record in the same format.

The ace cricketer, who is just days away from turning 35, fell for 88 off 94 balls after adding 189 runs with opener Shubman Gill (92) who also narrowly missed his maiden World Cup hundred.

Kohli, who scored a century against Bangladesh in this World Cup and got out for 95 in the previous game against New Zealand in Dharamsala on October 22, was caught at short cover by Pathum Nissanka off the bowling of Dilshan Madhusanka who picked the first three wickets that India lost. The dismissal left the stadium shocked and silent.

Kohli has 48 hundreds in 288 matches and 276 innings while Tendulkar had his 49 in 463 matches and 452 innings.

The ace batter also fell for 85 runs in India’s first match of this World Cup against Australia and was furious after getting dismissed. He has scored four fifties besides the hundred in seven games in the current tournament.

The India batter, however, broke Tendulkar’s record of scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year on most occasions. While batting against Sri Lanka, Kohli did it for the eighth time, one more than his celebrated predecessor. This year, he became the fourth batter to complete 1,000 ODI runs.

His knock also saw Kohli becoming the second-highest scorer of the tournament with 442 runs, trailing only Quinton de Kock of South Africa who has 545 with four centuries.

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