In a recent World Cup match, Virat Kohli played a brilliant innings, scoring 95 runs, and led India to a four-wicket victory over New Zealand, maintaining India’s perfect record with five wins in the tournament. While he came close to matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 one-day international centuries, he fell just five runs short. India’s fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, played a crucial role, taking 5 wickets for 54 runs to dismiss New Zealand for 273. India successfully chased down the target with 12 balls to spare, with Kohli forming key partnerships, including a significant 78-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja, who ultimately secured the victory with an unbeaten 39, hitting the winning boundary.
During this match, Kohli achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Indian player to accumulate 3,000 runs across all ICC white-ball tournaments, which includes the 50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.
In his World Cup career, Kohli has played 31 matches, amassing 1,384 runs at an impressive average of 55.36, including three centuries and nine half-centuries, with a highest score of 107. This performance makes him the fourth-highest run-scorer in World Cup history and India’s second-highest run-getter. In the Champions Trophy, he has 529 runs in 13 matches with an excellent average of 88.16 and five fifties. His highest score in this competition is 96*. In T20 World Cup matches, Kohli has accumulated 1,141 runs at a remarkable average of 81.50.
Notably, Virat Kohli has also overtaken the legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya to become the fourth-highest run-scorer in ODIs, with 13,437 runs in 286 matches, boasting a strike rate of 93.69. His ODI record includes 48 centuries and 69 half-centuries, with the highest score being 183. However, it’s important to mention that Sachin Tendulkar remains the leading run-scorer in ODIs with 18,426 runs and holds the record for the most centuries in the format with 49 to his name.
Additionally, Kohli has achieved another significant milestone by becoming the batsman with the joint-second highest number of 50+ scores in World Cup history, with 12 such scores. He surpassed the likes of Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma, both with 11 fifty-plus scores, and equaled Kumar Sangakkara and Shakib Al Hasan in this feat. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with a remarkable 21 fifty-plus scores to his name. Kohli’s remarkable cricketing achievements continue to solidify his status as one of the world’s top batsmen.
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