the names Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli need no introduction. This article dives deep into the historic feat that saw Virat Kohli beats Sachin Tendulkar in an impressive fashion.
Virat Kohli beats Sachin Tendulkar’s Records
During the World Cup match on October 19, there was a lot of talk about Virat Kohli’s century against Bangladesh. People were debating whether it was a big deal. But in the end, King Kohli achieved something significant by surpassing the great Sachin Tendulkar.
On October 19, Virat Kohli made cricket history by becoming the fastest player to reach 26,000 international runs. This achievement shattered the previous record held by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, often referred to as the “Master Blaster.” Before the crucial Bangladesh match, Kohli had amassed 25,923 runs from 566 innings.
He reached this impressive milestone with a spectacular six during the World Cup game in Pune.
With this remarkable feat, Virat Kohli now stands as the fourth-highest run-scorer in the world of cricket. His tally includes an impressive 78 centuries and 134 half-centuries, bringing his total runs in all formats to 26,026 across 567 innings.
Only three players remain ahead of him in the all-time run-scoring list: Ricky Ponting (27,483), Kumara Sangakkara (28,016), and the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar (34,357). Kohli has overtaken Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 25,957 runs, solidifying his place among the cricketing greats.
In One Day International (ODI) World Cups, Virat Kohli has been quite a force to reckon with. So far, he has managed to accumulate a total of 1,289 runs in 30 matches.
What’s even more remarkable is that he has achieved three centuries in World Cup matches, showcasing his incredible batting prowess. His World Cup batting average currently stands at an impressive 53.70.
Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to 2011 when Kohli made his World Cup debut. In that match, he played a phenomenal innings and scored an unbeaten 100 against Bangladesh, leaving a lasting impression. Interestingly, his most recent World Cup century, achieved on October 19, 2023, also came against Bangladesh.
This certainly speaks to his consistent performance and dominance on the cricketing stage. In 2015, he added another century to his list of accomplishments, this time against Pakistan in Adelaide, further solidifying his status as a cricketing sensation.
Controversy around Virat Kohli’s 48th century
Virat Kohli’s century against Bangladesh in the World Cup stirred up quite a bit of controversy. The center of attention was Umpire Richard Kettleborough, who found himself in the midst of discussions due to his decision not to declare a delivery a Wide Ball.
The crucial moment came when Kohli was at 97, and Nasum Ahmed was bowling for India. The team needed just 2 runs to secure victory. In the realm of limited-overs cricket, when a delivery veers too far down the leg side, it’s typically labeled as a wide ball. Surprisingly, Kettleborough did not make this call, and this decision sparked significant debate.
It’s worth noting that this is Virat Kohli’s fourth World Cup appearance. He shares this distinction with R Ashwin as the only two players who were part of India’s world champion team in 2011, adding to their remarkable cricketing legacies.