Virat Kohli : After scoring a perfect hundred on his 35th birthday, the former India captain has amassed nearly 13,000 runs in the format in 277 ODI innings—which included 70 fifties—reaching the milestone . . . .
With 31 centuries, current captain Rohit Sharma is the next batsman on the list of most ODI centuries.
India’s top run-scorer Virat Kohli helped South Africa to a team-high 327 in the tournament. He put on a heroic innings on the tour in the sweltering heat, scoring 101 runs off 127 balls and hitting ten fours.
When Kohli reached 90 runs, Eden Gardens got up and chased every extra run. The mostly Indian crowd roared as he hit 99, and thousands of cameras flashed to capture the historic event.
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Despite admitting that it was “difficult to catch the bowlers” on Kolkata’s spin-friendly surface, Kohli knew he had to lead his side to victory
The Delhi-born footballer expressed his happiness after scoring a hundred on his birthday.
“I love any chance to perform for India, it’s an amazing experience to perform in front of my hometown audience on my birthday!”
Kohli ‘writes his own scripts’
Tendulkar, who is the leading run-getter on ODI track, thanked his compatriots and expressed his desire to break the record “in the next few days”.
Cricket writer and pundit Virat Kohli “wrote his own script” when he hit the milestone on his birthday and during his team’s unbeaten run in the home World Cup, Kohli reached the milestone by South African Kagiso Rabada pushing the ball beyond cover to complete his 100th run .
Leading the social media tributes was the former West Indies spinner who described the two Indian batsmen as “two of the best in the game”.
“Well played Virat,” Tendulkar wrote in a congratulatory message on social networking site X after Kohli’s 49th century. Earlier this year, I went from 49 to 50 in 365 days. In the next few days, I hope you break my record and improve from 49 to 50. Many congratulations!”
Talking about Tendulkar’s words and achievements, a tearful Kohli said, “It’s all too much right now.”
“Tendulkar’s message is very different. To be honest, it’s all a bit too much for me right now, though it would be a great honor for me to equal my hero’s ODI record. I know comparisons are popular , but I’ll never quantify. All of us.” He looks up because of him.And when it comes to playing, he is innocent.I give everything to try to win games for my country.No matter what, he will always be my idol.Right now I feel so many emotions .I miss him when I.” I was watching him play on TV. To be able to stand here and get this recognition from someone like him means a lot to me.”
Sri Lanka will face Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Monday in a match that could see them through to the semi-finals. Mendis was told about Kohli’s historic achievement in Kolkata at a pre-match press conference on Saturday before the game, and the reporter asked if he wanted to congratulate him. But what followed was an unexpected response that quickly garnered a lot of attention on social media.
Narrator: This is Virat Kohli’s 49th ODI century. Do you want to give him some resources?
Kusal Mendis: Why would I want to congratulate him.
Only after reaching the historic milestone, cricket fans gave Kohli, whose Twitter initials are X. Indian icon Virender Sehwag led the reaction and wrote, “What a day with the legend.” the record for most ODI hundreds is the same.” in the famous Garden of Eden on his birthday. Congratulations, #ViratKohli. Cheers to another amazing, ragon mein 100, dil me Bharat.
Former teammate Harbhajan Singh besides praising Kohli wished him a happy birthday. Kohli turned 35 on Sunday “@imVkohli, Happy Birthday. I wish you a wonderful new year. And congratulations on turning 49! Your constant dedication to the game, your relentlessness is truly an inspiration. On your journey.” in may prosperity, happiness and health be ever your companions.” . . . . Hold on…”, he wrote.
A prominent friend of Afghanistan spinner Kohli wrote, “49th plays a ton just like WoW. Best wishes, @imVkohli.”
India led by captain MS Dhoni won the Champions Trophy in 2013 but failed to win the ICC Championship. India have dominated international cricket in recent years, but in all ICC competitions, they have consistently stumbled at crucial moments, as we saw in the 2019 International Cup quarter-final loss to New Zealand.
Kohli was “focused” on winning the World Cup
According to India coach Rahul Dravid, Kohli is “really focused on winning the World Cup and not on any upcoming personal and professional milestones.”
With 88 against Sri Lanka, Kohli came perilously close to tying the record.
“I didn’t notice any change. He never changed. He has shown consistent professionalism, hard work and alertness.”
When it was announced that the session would be a warm-up for the final in Ahmedabad on November 19, Dravid hesitated.