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Virat Kohli at the pinnacle: How the King surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's two records in one go

Virat Kohli's mesmeric innings brought the star-studded Wankhede Stadium to its feet

Virat Kohli at the pinnacle: How the King surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's two records in one go
Virat Kohli at the pinnacle

Last Updated: 05.59 PM, Nov 15, 2023


India taking on New Zealand in Mumbai was meant to be a momentous occasion for more than just one reason. Of course, with Rohit Sharma and Co. on the prowl for their first ICC trophy in the last ten years, the stakes are incredibly high and a massive, full-house crowd has duly turned up to see this semi-final clash. The same crowd is also here, evidently, to see Virat Kohli reach newer heights in his path to ultimate glory and fittingly, the maestro struck a most impressive hundred on the biggest of stages. 

As a result, Virat Kohli has surpassed Sachin Tendulkar's record of most number of hundreds in One Day international cricket, taking his total century tally to a whopping 50! Yes, that's fifty hundreds for the King who brought the entire Wankhede stadium and beyond to its feet. One for posterity, as they say.

But that is not all. Having begun his innings with 594 runs to his name in World Cup 2023 thus far, Virat Kohli would go past another record set by Sachin Tendulkar. Prior to this match, the Little Master owned the record for most number of runs by a batsman in a single World Cup, which he secured in the 2003 edition by amassing 673 runs. Kohli now has 711 runs under his kitty and should India get the better of Kane Williamson and Co. on Wednesday, he will get one more shot at lending this stellar record by a bigger margin. 

If that isn't enough, Virat Kohli already has the T20 record to his name, having scored 319 runs in 2014 to take the top position on the list. 

With his trademark gritty 117 from only 113 balls, Virat Kohli took Team India over 300 and set the perfect stage for the rest of the batting unit to take the score as close as possible to 400. It helped his cause that Rohit Sharma began the innings with a bang and Shubman Gill fluently carried it worried, while Shreyas Iyer proved just why he is billed so high. Iyer, too, brought up his hundred in only 67 deliveries.

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