Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar's Long-standing Record To Become Most Run-getter For India Across World Cups
In the first two matches of the ODI World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli has amassed 140 runs for India, including two back-to-back half-centuries. The batsman has been in outstanding form.
At Arun Jaitley Stadium on Wednesday, Indian batsman Virat Kohli passed the record for most runs in both the T20 and ODI World Cups set by the late great Sachin Tendulkar, marking another significant milestone in the sport.
In the 2023 ODI World Cup match against Bangladesh, Kohli struck his 68th ODI half-century, shattering Tendulkar's record of 2,278 runs, which the seasoned batsman had amassed in 45 innings at the ODI and T20 World Cups. He has run fifteen fifty and six hundreds.
Conversely, Virat has participated in 28 World Cup fifty-over games, amassing 1,170 runs at an average of 50.86, including two hundreds and eight fifties in 28 innings. In the fifty-over World Cup, he is also India's second-highest run scorer and the seventh-highest scorer in the tournament's history.
In 55 games and 53 innings spanning 50 T20 and 50 over World Cups, Virat has amassed 2,311 runs overall. In the two events, he has amassed two hundreds and twenty-two fifties.
In addition to Virat, Indian captain Rohit Sharma's bat released a torrent of runs, and like rains falling at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, a barrage of records followed.
He displayed his batting prowess and reached his peak, not only scoring a century but also making history by becoming the player with the most centuries in World Cup history with seven tonnes. This incredible feat outperformed the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who throughout his storied career had amassed six World Cup hundreds.
Prior to the match, Rohit hammered the Indian hitters for boundaries all over the pitch, leaving Afghanistan's all-star spin squadron unable to put the Indians to the test.
India got off to a quick start while chasing a target of 273 thanks to the opening combination of Rohit and Ishan Kishan who put pressure on the bowlers from Afghanistan.
India appeared to have switched to a T20I strategy after playing cautiously in the first few overs. There was no turning back once the Indian captain put a boundary in Fazalhaq Farooqi's over.
At the Arun Jaitley Stadium, India won by eight wickets despite Rashid taking the wickets of both openers, Ishan Kishan and Rohit.