On a hot and challenging day at Eden Gardens, Virat Kohli reached his 49th one-day international (ODI) century, equalling level with Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s world record. The former India captain achieved this milestone during an ICC Cricket World Cup match against South Africa. Kohli, who turned 35 on this historic day, has amassed over 13,000 runs in the ODI format over 277 innings, featuring 70 half-centuries.
About the match:
After India lost Shubman Gill in the eleventh over, with the score at 93 for 2, Kohli started his innings in the sixth over. Together with Shreyas Iyer (77) he shared a third-wicket partnership of 134.
Ahead to the encounter with South Africa at the top of the table, India became the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals with seven victories in seven games.
Sachin Tendulkar congratulates Kohli:
Sachin Tendulkar, the all-time leading ODI run-scorer, pened heartfelt note and congratulated Kohli and said that he want to see Virat Kohli to break the record soon.
The current ODI captain, Rohit Sharma, stands next in line with 31 centuries to his name. Kohli’s remarkable achievement was pivotal in setting a target of 327 runs for South Africa in the highly anticipated top-of-the-table clash, as he scored 101 runs from 127 balls, featuring 10 fours. The passionate crowd at Eden Gardens celebrated every run, capturing the iconic moment when Kohli reached 99 runs.