India vs Pakistan: Kohli’s Record-Breaking 13,000 Runs & 47th Century in Asia Cup 2023

On Monday, September 11, in a high-stakes Super 4 match during the Asia Cup 2023, Indian cricket maestro Virat Kohli etched his name in the annals of cricket history. In a dazzling display of skill and determination at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium, Kohli not only secured his 47th century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) but also became just the fifth cricketer globally to achieve the remarkable milestone of amassing 13,000 runs in this format.

In the rain-affected match, the 34-year-old batting sensation, Virat Kohli, showcased his extraordinary prowess by requiring a mere 90 runs to achieve the remarkable milestone of 13,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs). This achievement marked a significant moment in his illustrious career. In addition to his 13,000-run milestone, Kohli notched up his 47th century in the 50-over format, inching tantalizingly close to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of 49 ODI centuries.

What’s even more awe-inspiring is Kohli’s ability to dominate at a specific venue. He became the first player in the history of the game to record ODI centuries in four consecutive innings at a single venue, further solidifying his reputation as a batting phenomenon. Such consistency and remarkable records continue to showcase Kohli’s relentless pursuit of excellence in the world of cricket.

On the reserve day following a delayed start on Monday, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul graced the crease to commence India’s innings in a manner that would go on to define the match. Their sublime performances culminated in a partnership that was nothing short of breathtaking, as they orchestrated an unbroken 233-run stand for the third wicket, propelling India to a commanding total of 356 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets within the allotted 50 overs.

Virat Kohli, the cricketing maestro, put on a batting exhibition that left spectators in awe. In an innings filled with impeccable timing and exquisite stroke play, Kohli remained unbeaten at 122* runs, facing 94 deliveries. The Indian skipper displayed his trademark precision by sealing the innings with three consecutive boundaries, the final shot being an emphatic six off the bowling of Faheem Ashraf.

The list of the most runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs) history features some of the cricketing legends who have left an indelible mark on the sport. As of the latest available data:

  1. Sachin Tendulkar – 18,426 runs in 452 innings.
  2. Kumar Sangakkara – 14,234 runs in 380 innings.
  3. Ricky Ponting – 13,704 runs in 365 innings.
  4. Sanath Jayasuriya – 13,430 runs in 433 innings.
  5. Virat Kohli – 13,000* runs in 267 innings (and still active)

Virat Kohli’s inclusion in this prestigious list is a testament to his exceptional consistency and run-scoring ability in ODIs. As he continues to accumulate runs, he remains a key figure in contemporary cricket and is poised to further cement his place among the all-time greats.

Pakistan’s campaign in the Asia Cup 2023 faced a significant setback with the unfortunate injury to their star pacer, Haris Rauf. His absence was palpably felt in the match against India, as the Pakistani bowling unit struggled to contain the batting onslaught led by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul at Colombo.

In the absence of Haris Rauf, the burden on the remaining bowlers, including Shadab Khan, increased significantly. While Shadab Khan and Rauf managed to claim one wicket each, it was evident that they, along with the rest of the bowling lineup, found it challenging to maintain a satisfactory economy rate against the relentless and aggressive batting display put forth by Kohli and Rahul.

Rasesh Nageshwar

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