Virat Kohli is a name synonymous with excellence. His recent performance against New Zealand in the ongoing World Cup has left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. Kohli’s splendid innings of 95 runs propelled India to a thrilling four-wicket victory over New Zealand, further solidifying India’s immaculate record with five wins in the tournament.
Virat Kohli, often referred to as the “Run Machine,” showcased his mastery by coming agonizingly close to matching the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 one-day international centuries. While he fell short by just five runs, Kohli’s performance made a profound impact on the cricketing world. His innings not only highlighted his impeccable technique but also his unwavering determination to be a game-changer for his team.
While Kohli’s batting heroics stole the spotlight, it’s essential to recognize the remarkable performance of India’s fast bowler, Mohammed Shami. Shami delivered an exceptional display, claiming five wickets for a mere 54 runs. His fiery spell played a pivotal role in dismissing New Zealand for a total of 273 runs, setting the stage for India’s successful chase.
With unwavering determination and exceptional teamwork, India managed to chase down the target with 12 balls to spare in Dharamsala. Kohli’s contribution was pivotal, as he played a crucial role in forming significant partnerships, including a game-changing 78-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja. It was Jadeja who ultimately secured the victory with an unbeaten 39, hitting the winning boundary.
During this incredible inning, Kohli achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Indian player to amass 3,000 runs across all ICC white-ball tournaments. This includes the 50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy. Kohli’s dedication and consistency across these formats have solidified his status as one of the greatest cricketers of all time.
Full List Of Records Virat Kohli Broke Against New Zealand
In 31 World Cup matches, Kohli has accumulated 1,384 runs at an impressive average of 55.36. His World Cup record includes three centuries and nine half-centuries, with a highest score of 107. This performance makes him the fourth-highest run-scorer in the history of the tournament and India’s second-highest run-getter. Kohli’s contribution to the World Cup legacy is undeniable.
Kohli’s record in the Champions Trophy is equally commendable. He has scored 529 runs in 13 matches, boasting an excellent average of 88.16, with five fifties in 12 innings. His highest score in this competition is 96*. Kohli’s consistency in the Champions Trophy cements his reputation as a player who excels in high-pressure tournaments.
In T20 World Cup matches, Kohli has accumulated 1,141 runs at a remarkable average of 81.50. His ability to adapt to the shortest format of the game and deliver consistently impressive performances sets him apart. Only Chris Gayle, the West Indies white-ball legend, follows Kohli in this regard.
Kohli has achieved yet another remarkable feat by overtaking the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya to become the fourth-highest run-scorer in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). In a stellar ODI career, Kohli has scored 13,437 runs in 286 matches with a strike rate of 93.69. His ODI record boasts 48 centuries and 69 half-centuries, with the highest score being 183.
Sachin Tendulkar remains the leading run-scorer in ODIs with 18,426 runs, also holding the record for the most centuries in the format with 49 to his name. Kohli’s achievements are nothing short of awe-inspiring, and he continues to inch closer to cricketing greatness with every match.
Virat Kohli has also become the batter with the joint-second highest number of 50+ scores in World Cup history (12). This remarkable achievement surpasses cricketing stalwarts like Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma. He now stands shoulder to shoulder with legends like Kumar Sangakkara and Shakib Al Hasan, with Sachin Tendulkar leading the pack with 21 fifty-plus scores to his name.