Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, has celebrated star batter Virat Kohli breaking his record of most One Day International (ODI) centuries, stating that Kohli still has a lot of cricket and runs left in him. This comes despite India's defeat in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Setting New Records in Cricket World Cup 2023
The World Cup campaign will be remembered fondly by fans for Kohli's consistent feats, including becoming the first-ever batter to hit 50 ODI centuries. Tendulkar expressed delight that the record set by an Indian has remained with an Indian. Kohli emerged as the leading run-scorer of the tournament, scoring 765 runs in 11 matches at an average of 95.62, with three centuries and six fifties. His highest score was 117.
Surpassing Tendulkar’s World Cup Records
Kohli broke the record for the most runs in a single edition of the Cricket World Cup, surpassing Tendulkar's total of 673 runs in the 2003 edition. He also registered the most fifty-plus scores in a single World Cup, another record previously held by Tendulkar. Over the year, Kohli has maintained an impressive average of 72.47 in 27 ODIs, scoring six centuries and eight fifties.
A Bright Future in Indian Cricket
Tendulkar believes that Kohli still has a significant amount to offer to Indian cricket, indicating that his journey is far from over. After his stellar performance in the World Cup, Kohli has decided to step away from white-ball cricket, indicating his absence from India's upcoming tour of South Africa for T20 Internationals and ODIs. Tendulkar expressed his happiness at Kohli breaking the record of most ODI centuries and looks forward to the continued journey of cricket, hunger, runs, and hundreds yet to come from Kohli.
Kohli was the quickest to complete 13000 runs in ODI cricket, achieving the feat in just 267 innings. He also stands at the fifth position in completing 13000 ODI runs, joining the legendary list of Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, and Sanath Jayasuriya. He also holds the record for the most centuries in the Asia Cup tournament and is set to become the only player to score the most centuries against one team if he scores another ton in the upcoming match against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023.