At the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Indian cricketing maestro Virat Kohli once again demonstrated his unrivalled prowess with the bat, guiding his team to a 4-wicket victory over New Zealand in Match 21 of the ongoing ICC men’s ODI World Cup 2023. On a chilly Sunday evening, with the picturesque backdrop of the Himalayas, Virat Kohli’s masterful innings proved to be the difference as India successfully chased down a target of 274 runs.
Chasing 274, India found themselves in a precarious situation, with wickets falling at regular intervals. However, Virat Kohli, renowned for his ability to chase down totals, remained calm under pressure. He showcased his remarkable skill set, keeping the scoreboard ticking with a combination of intelligent running and bold strokeplay.
𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐜𝐡 𝐊𝐎𝐇𝐋𝐈 💙
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Throughout his innings, Kohli showcased his class by respecting good deliveries from the Kiwi bowlers while punishing anything loose. His innings included 8 boundaries and 2 sixes, which illuminated the chilly evening in Dharamsala.
Virat Kohli’s stellar performance saw him reach his 69th ODI half-century, reaffirming his stature as one of the greats of the format. As he neared a well-deserved century, anticipation filled the stadium. Kohli then unleashed a barrage of strokes against New Zealand’s Trent Boult, sending a towering six and a boundary sailing over the ropes.
However, destiny had other plans, as Virat Kohli was caught on the boundary while attempting to complete his century. Falling just short at 95 runs off 104 balls, it was a heartbreak for both Kohli and Indian fans.
Milestones of Virat Kohli
Milestone 1: During this inning, Virat Kohli achieved an impressive milestone by becoming the fourth-highest all-time run-scorer in ODIs. This feat saw him surpass the legendary Sri Lankan opener, Sanath Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya had amassed 13,430 runs in his illustrious ODI career. In contrast, Virat Kohli accumulated 13,437 runs at an astonishing average of 58.16 in 274 ODI innings.
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Milestone 2: Virat Kohli etched his name in history as the first batter ever to complete 3,000 runs in white-ball ICC matches. These include fixtures from the ICC men’s T20 World Cup, the ICC men’s ODI World Cup, and the ICC men’s Champions Trophy. He has scored a remarkable 3,054 runs at an average of 67.86 across 68 innings.
Within this tally, Kohli has amassed 1,384 runs in ODI World Cups, 529 in Champions Trophy, and 1,141 runs in T20 World Cup matches.
Milestone 3: Virat Kohli’s 95-run innings marked the 137th instance where he scored over 50 runs and India emerged victorious. This incredible feat places him ahead of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had accumulated 136 such scores during India’s international victories.
Virat Kohli missed out on a golden opportunity to reach his 49th ODI century against New Zealand. But the modern-day legend continues to etch his name in the history of cricket. His incredible achievements in the ODI World Cup 2023 only serve to solidify his status as one of the game’s all-time greats.