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Virat Kohli’s Historic Achievements
India vs. Pakistan encounter during the Asia Cup, Virat Kohli etched his name into cricket history by reaching an incredible milestone – becoming the fastest Indian to accumulate 13,000 ODI runs. This extraordinary feat, combined with his awe-inspiring 47th century in one-day internationals (ODIs), added another glittering chapter to Kohli’s illustrious career.
This remarkable achievement unfolded during the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four match pitting India against Pakistan. On the reserve day, Kohli resumed his innings and exhibited pure batting brilliance. He notched up his half-century in a mere 55 balls and astonishingly took just 29 more deliveries to complete his 47th ODI century. This incredible journey to 13,000 runs saw Kohli surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record in only his 267th innings.
Kohli’s extraordinary consistency is evident as he raced past milestones such as 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, and now, 13,000 ODI runs faster than any other batsman. This remarkable achievement has ignited debates comparing him to the great Sachin Tendulkar.
With this century, Virat Kohli is now just two centuries away from equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI centuries. Furthermore, he is merely three centuries away from eclipsing Sachin’s record and reaching the astounding milestone of 50 one-day tons, a truly astonishing achievement in cricket’s annals.
In the India vs. Pakistan showdown, Kohli’s stellar performance, complemented by KL Rahul’s century, propelled India to an imposing total of 356/2. The duo’s partnership of 233 runs for the third wicket is the highest ever recorded in the history of the Asia Cup, highlighting their exceptional batting prowess. Significantly, this century marked Kohli’s fourth consecutive one at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium.
Prior to this match, Kohli needed 98 runs to reach the 13,000-run milestone. Rain had disrupted play the previous day when India was at 147/2 after 24.1 overs. On the following day, the batsman-friendly pitch presented Kohli with an opportunity, and he capitalized on it effectively.
Virat Kohli and Rahul began cautiously, but the absence of Pakistan’s key bowler, Haris Rauf, due to injury, worked in their favor. When Iftikhar Ahmed was introduced as a replacement, Rahul initiated an aggressive approach, forming an outstanding partnership.
Virat Kohli, renowned for his adaptability, gradually found his rhythm against Shaheen Afridi. Despite facing initial challenges, he steadily gained control and started locating the gaps in the field. Frustration was evident when he couldn’t convert his connections into runs. Nevertheless, as Rahul’s pace decelerated around the 40-over mark, it was Kohli’s turn to explode. During Iftikhar’s final over, Kohli dispatched him for a six and a four, propelling him into the 70s.
Throughout his innings, Kohli kept a watchful eye on the sky, mindful of the looming rain. He recognized that if rain arrived, which it eventually did, India needed to amass as many runs as possible to set a formidable target for Pakistan under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method. Kohli and Rahul executed this strategy effectively, maintaining a scoring rate well above six runs per over. Kohli’s first boundary came as an edge off Naseem Shah, racing to the boundary behind the wicketkeeper. Pakistan used their second review against Kohli, and it seemed as if he was determined to make them pay.
Initially, Kohli encountered some difficulty against Faheem Ashraf, but three boundaries later, he regained his composure. As Rahul faced a few dot balls at 98, Kohli swiftly progressed from 86 to 97. A couple took him to 99, and a single on the next ball triggered a vintage Kohli celebration. Kohli concluded the Indian innings with consecutive boundaries and a six off the final three deliveries, capping off a spectacular batting display by India. This performance also saw India register their highest ODI total against Pakistan.