In 1983, during the Cricket World Cup, Kapil Dev played a memorable innings for India when they were struggling against Zimbabwe, rescuing them from a difficult position. Similarly, in the 2023 World Cup, openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan both failed to score, mirroring the situation faced by Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth in 1983. India was in trouble at 2-3 in 1.6 overs, and it seemed they might face a collapse similar to the one in 1983.
However, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul stepped up and revived the Indian innings in front of a packed stadium in Chennai. Rahul scored an unbeaten 97, and Kohli scored 85 off 116 balls, showcasing their exceptional batting skills. Kohli also set a record by taking his 15th catch in the World Cup, surpassing Anil Kumble to become the Indian player with the most catches in the history of the ODI World Cup.
Despite the early setbacks, Kohli played a crucial knock to rescue India, living up to his reputation as a “chasemaster.” He was dropped when he was at 12 runs by Mitchell Marsh, who became the first Australian opener to be dismissed for a duck against India in an ODI World Cup game. Kohli capitalized on this opportunity and played a majestic innings, helping India recover from a precarious position. This was Kohli’s highest score in a successful run chase at the World Cup.
In the process, Virat Kohli shattered multiple records. He now holds the world record for the most runs in successful ODI run chases, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli has amassed 5,517 runs in 92 innings in successful chases, while Tendulkar had accumulated 5,490 runs in 124 innings. Kohli also surpassed Tendulkar’s record for the most runs by an Indian in white-ball ICC tournaments, achieving 2,780 runs.
Virat Kohli, known for his consistency, is now only two centuries away from equaling Tendulkar’s record tally of ODI hundreds. Additionally, he holds the record for being the quickest batter to reach 13,000 ODI runs. These achievements solidify his status as one of the greatest cricketing legends of his era.
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