“Virat Kohli’s Spectacular 47th Century Propels Him to 13,000 ODI Runs, Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s World Record in IND vs PAK Asia Cup Clash”
“Virat Kohli Shines Bright: Fastest Indian to Reach 13,000 ODI Runs and 47th Century in Epic India vs Pakistan Asia Cup Clash”
Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 13,000 ODI runs on Monday. He did so at an incredible pace during the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four game between India and Pakistan. This was yet another amazing performance for Kohli. The former Indian skipper, who continued his innings from the day before due to a weather delay, reached his 47th ODI century in just 29 more deliveries after reaching his half-century in just 55 balls. This incredible accomplishment, which came in his 267th innings, cemented his position as the player who reached milestones like 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, and now 13,000 ODI runs the fastest.
The ongoing Virat vs. Sachin controversy is significantly strengthened by Virat Kohli’s record of attaining 13,000 ODI runs in 54 fewer innings than Sachin Tendulkar (321 innings). With his 47th century, Kohli is now just two from tying the record held by his idol for the most ODI centuries and three from surpassing the great man’s incredible 50 one-day tons.
With KL Rahul also scoring a century, his sixth in ODIs, India’s commanding total of 356/2 was greatly aided by Kohli’s particular fondness for games against Pakistan. A new record was created for the best partnership in Asia Cup history for any wicket thanks to Kohli and Rahul’s unbroken 233 runs for the third wicket. Additionally, Kohli has now scored four centuries in a row at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium, underscoring his domination on this venerable cricketing platform.
Virat Kohli had 12,902 runs as the game started, needing just 98 more to achieve the illustrious 13,000-run threshold. On Sunday, when play was halted after 24.1 overs due to rain, he had already made a substantial dent in this target with India having established a score of 147/2. However, Kohli took the chance on Monday since the pitch was favorable for batting.
Kohli and KL, his partner Rahul began carefully, but they were fully cognizant of Pakistan’s disadvantage beneath their cool demeanor. Pakistan found themselves short one bowler as Haris Rauf was recommended not to continue bowling in the match. The chains were broken when Iftikhar Ahmed replaced Rauf and bowled his alluring off-breaks. Rahul started the assault, and they came together to create a sensational century partnership.
Virat Kohli took some time to get into a groove while KL Rahul kept up a consistent scoring rate, especially while facing Shaheen Afridi’s speed. Despite striking the ball cleanly, Kohli found it difficult to find the gaps, and his annoyance could be felt each time it failed to produce a run.
But as Rahul started to slack off after 40 overs, Kohli pounced on the chance to change the pace. He started his attack in Iftikhar’s final over, slamming a six and a four to push his total into the seventies and register his seventh boundary of the innings.
Kohli was aware of the impending rain threat and kept a close eye on the skies throughout his innings. He was aware of the need of establishing a challenging goal in the event that the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern technique had to be used due to inclement weather. They kept on scoring at a rate of more than six runs per over with Rahul.
Even though Kohli’s first boundary, an edge off Naseem Shah behind the wicketkeeper, wasn’t the most impressive stroke, it was enough for Pakistan to use their second review against him. As a response, Kohli censured Pakistan for their choice, almost as if he had anticipated it.
Virat Kohli initially had some difficulties defending Faheem Ashraf’s deliveries. But he soon found his rhythm, and after three well timed boundaries, he felt more secure in the crease.
Kohli surged from 86 to 97 as KL Rahul faced a few dot balls at 98, just before reaching his century. He reached 99 after two runs off the following ball, and a single on the next delivery signaled a typically Kohli celebration as he scored his century. Off the final three deliveries, Kohli finished the Indian innings in impressive fashion, hitting back-to-back boundaries and a six. India’s outstanding batting performance against Pakistan helped them to a joint-highest ODI total, underscoring their victory in the game.