World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli matches Sachin Tendulkar record of 49 ODI centuries

Virat Kohli, achieved a remarkable milestone by equaling the iconic Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries against South Africa

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By Omar | Nov 5, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

On his 35th birthday, the Indian batting maestro, Virat Kohli, achieved a remarkable milestone by equaling the iconic Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries during the ODI World Cup 2023 showdown between the Men in Blue and South Africa at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on a thrilling Sunday. Virat Kohli, a pivotal figure in the cricketing world, once again etched his name into the sport’s illustrious history on his 35th birthday.

In a gripping match against South Africa at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Kohli notched up his 49th ODI century, equalling the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record for India. This remarkable achievement saw Kohli reach his milestone century off 119 balls, including 10 exquisite fours, contributing to India’s total of 326 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

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With over 4.3 crore fans as witnesses, the cricketing universe celebrated this historic feat as Kohli matched the legacy of the ‘Master Blaster’ in front of an audience that had long admired Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing magic. Throughout his career, Virat Kohli has exemplified unwavering consistency, resilience, and an insatiable hunger for success, qualities that have propelled him to this extraordinary achievement.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first, leading the charge with a sensational start alongside Shubman Gill. They took advantage of fielding restrictions, scoring at over 10 runs per over, with Rohit falling after a dynamic 40 off 24 balls. Virat Kohli who is celebrating his birthday, took the crease, while the middle overs saw a scoring slowdown, Kohli and Shreyas Iyer’s partnership revived the innings. Both notched up fifties, with Kohli equalling Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI century record, finishing unbeaten on 101. India posted 326 in 50 overs. South Africa bowled impressively, especially Keshav Maharaj, conceding only 30 runs in his 10 overs. The stage is set for South Africa’s reply under lights.

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