The modern-day batting great and former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli etched his name in the golden words in cricket’s history books with his iconic 117-run knock against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. He achieved a few milestones during this memorable knock against the Blackcaps.
The 35-year-old surpassed the former legendary Indian batter and the greatest batter of his time, Sachin Tendulkar. Apart from this, Kohli also came over the jinx of underperforming in the knockout matches of the major international tournaments, especially the ODI World Cups.
Having said that, here we’ll take a glance at the three iconic records of Virat Kohli that look almost impossible to overcome for any batter in the coming couple of years.
Highest Number of ODI centuries
Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 49 ODI centuries, after completing his 50th ODI century with a 117-run knock against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ODI World Cup 2023. Now, he has become the first batter in the history of cricket to score the most number of ODI centuries. Kohli’s fitness also makes it clear that he’s going to play for next 5-6 years more which will add quite more ODI centuries to his name and it will be impossible any of the batters of next generation to break this record.
700+ runs in a single ODI World Cup edition
Alongside breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries, Virat Kohli also broke another world record of the former, which is the highest number of runs in a single ODI World Cup edition. Sachin had scored 673 runs 20 years back in the ODI World Cup 2003, but now Kohli has scored 711 runs in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. Apart from that, he is yet to play the final of the tournament, which might add a few more runs to his name and it will be near impossible for any batter to surpass this record of Virat Kohli in a single World Cup edition.
Being part of most ODI World Cup wins – 30
Virat Kohli has played 36 matches in his ODI World Cup career as it is the fourth edition for him; interestingly, Kohli has batted in all 36 innings of these 36 matches. He is also the third leading run-scorer in the history of the ODI World Cup, with 1741 runs, hitting 5 centuries and 11 half-centuries, just 2 runs behind former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting. The major highlight of Virat’s ODI World Cup career is that he has been a part of 30 wins of his team in the ODI World Cup, which is the highest for any cricketer. In the coming years, it will be a very tough task for any batter to keep himself fit for this long period and to break this record.