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In Match 17 of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 held at Pune’s MCA Stadium on Thursday, October 19, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli showcased his brilliance by scoring an unbeaten century (103*). His remarkable innings significantly contributed to India’s convincing seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh. Kohli took to the pitch during the 13th over following an impressive opening partnership between Rohit Sharma, who scored 48 runs, and Shubman Gill, who contributed 53 runs, laying the foundation for India with a combined 88-run stand for the first wicket.
Joint-most Player of the Match awards in white-ball ICC matches
Virat Kohli’s exceptional batting performance earned him the Player of the Match (P.O.T.M) award. This marked his 40th such honor in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 11th in ICC white-ball competitions, a feat that places him as a co-record holder. Notably, Chris Gayle from West Indies also boasts 11 Player of the Match awards in ICC tournament fixtures, sharing this impressive achievement with Kohli.
Fourth-highest run-scorer in international cricket
While on his way to scoring a century against Bangladesh, the 34-year-old cricketer achieved the status of being the fourth leading run-scorer in international cricket. Kohli, who has now amassed a total of 26,026 runs, outstripped Mahela Jayawardene’s record of 25,957 runs. In the international cricket run-scorers’ rankings, only Sachin Tendulkar (34,357), Kumar Sangakkara (28,016), and Ricky Ponting (27,483) have managed to accumulate more runs than Kohli.
First Indian to score 1,000 ODI World Cup runs batting at No. 3
Virat Kohli has established a strong presence in the number three batting position through the years. Although he assumes the number four position in Test matches, Kohli has showcased his supremacy in limited-overs cricket while occupying the first-down slot. On a recent occasion, Kohli achieved the distinction of becoming the inaugural Indian cricketer to accumulate 1,000 runs in ODI World Cup matches when batting in the third position.
It’s worth noting that during the 2011 ODI World Cup, Kohli predominantly occupied the number 4 batting position. In the quadrennial tournament for India, he has since accumulated 1,066 runs at an impressive average of 62.70 when batting at number 3.
Fastest to 26,000 international runs
The right-handed batsman achieved a significant milestone in his international cricket career a few months ago during the Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia, when he reached the 25,000-run mark. In the recently concluded ODI World Cup match against Bangladesh, Kohli not only surpassed the 26,000-run milestone but also etched his name as the quickest player to do so in the history of the game. Kohli accomplished this feat in 567 international innings, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had taken 600 innings to achieve the same monumental milestone.
Most runs in white-ball ICC men’s tournaments
On Thursday, Virat Kohli achieved another remarkable milestone by becoming the all-time leading run-scorer in ICC white-ball events, encompassing matches in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, ICC Men’s ODI World Cup, and ICC Men’s Champions Trophy.
Famous for delivering extraordinary performances in crucial situations, Kohli has accumulated an impressive total of 2,959 runs with a remarkable average of 67.25 runs in 67 limited-overs ICC tournament matches.