Happy Birthday, Virat Kohli: On November 5, 2023, as cricket enthusiasts from around the world tuned in, India faced off against South Africa at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata for a crucial match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. However, this day holds significance beyond the game itself. It marks the 35th birthday of Virat Kohli, a legend in the world of cricket. Let’s delve into the ten biggest ODI records held by “King Kohli,” and celebrate the accomplishments of one of the greatest cricketing icons of our time.
(Happy Birthday Virat Kohli) 10 Biggest Records Held By The King
1. The Fastest Man in ODI Cricket to score 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, 12000, and 13000 runs in One Day International (ODI) cricket
Virat Kohli’s name is synonymous with excellence, and his incredible feat of being the fastest man to score 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, 12000, and 13000 runs in One Day International (ODI) cricket is a proof to his unwavering dedication and skill. His consistency and ability to adapt to various situations make him a true cricketing legend.
2. Dominating a year
Kohli’s domination is not limited to a single season; he has consistently outshone his contemporaries. He has scored over 1000 runs in ODIs in a calendar year for the most times, with the most recent milestone being in 2023, marking the eighth calendar year he has achieved this remarkable feat. This demonstrates his remarkable consistency and ability to perform at the highest level year after year.
3. Highest Batting Average in ODI
Virat Kohli’s batting prowess is unparalleled in ODI cricket. With a batting average of 58.04, he sits at the top of the list of players with over 5000 runs in ODIs. This remarkable consistency at such a high average showcases his remarkable skill and ability to anchor the innings for his team.
4. Most Tons Against a Single Team
In the realm of ODI cricket, Kohli has etched his name in history by hitting the most number of centuries by a player against a single team. His ten tons against Sri Lanka in ODIs are a testament to his ability to dominate and consistently perform against a specific opponent.
5. Second Most ODI Centuries
With 48 centuries in the ODI format, Virat Kohli is second only to the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.
6. Most Runs in T20 Internationals
While Kohli’s dominance is most pronounced in the ODI format, his brilliance extends to T20 Internationals as well. He boasts the most runs scored by a player in this format, with 4008 runs to his name. This milestone sets him apart from his peers.
7. Most Player of the Series Awards
Virat Kohli’s consistency and outstanding performances across formats have earned him numerous accolades. He shares the record for the most Player of the Series awards with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, accumulating 20 such awards across formats. This speaks to his impact on every series he participates in.
8. Second Most Centuries in a Calendar Year
Kohli’s ability to perform consistently in all formats of the game is highlighted by the fact that he has the second-most centuries hit in a calendar year across the three formats. His twelve centuries in a single year underscore his incredible skill and adaptability.
9. Most Fifties in T20 Internationals
Virat Kohli is not just a century-maker but also a master of consistency. He holds the record for hitting the most fifties in T20 Internationals, with 38 half-centuries to his name. His ability to perform consistently, even in the shortest format, showcases his adaptability and class.
10. Second-Most Runs in ODI Run Chases
In the high-pressure scenarios of ODI run chases, Virat Kohli stands second on the list for the most runs scored. With 7794 runs to his name, he is just behind cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, further solidifying his reputation as one of the greatest chase masters in the game.
Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday is not only a celebration of a cricketing icon but also an opportunity to reflect on the incredible ODI records he has etched into the annals of cricket history. His extraordinary achievements, from being the fastest to score thousands of runs to his consistency and adaptability, have made him a legend in the world of cricket.
As we commemorate this special day, let us acknowledge King Kohli’s unparalleled contributions to the sport and look forward to witnessing more memorable moments on the cricket field.