Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century against South Africa in the World Cup group match on Sunday in Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
This is the 49th century of Virat Kohli’s ODI career. In this way Virat Kohli has equaled Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin Tendulkar has 49 centuries in his name in ODI format.
In this way, Virat Kohli along with Sachin Tendulkar is jointly on top in the list of players who have scored the most centuries in ODI matches.
Virat Kohli touched the century mark in 119 balls. Virat Kohli returned to the pavilion unbeaten after scoring 101 runs in 121 balls. He hit 10 fours in his innings.
Eden Gardens was decorated for Virat Kohli’s birthday and thousands of fans reached India’s iconic cricket venue Eden Gardens with Kohli’s number 18 Indian T-shirt. To make this occasion memorable, special arrangements were made by the Cricket Association of Bengal.
CAB had put up posters celebrating each of Virat Kohli’s centuries at the Eden Gardens and the streets outside the iconic stadium were flooded with posters of the star batsman.
Earlier, the crowd at Eden Gardens gave a warm welcome to Virat Kohli. When the star batsman came out to bat in the first 10 overs in India’s 2023 World Cup match against South Africa.
Let us tell you that Kohli is celebrating his 35th birthday on Sunday.
Meanwhile riding on Virat Kohli’s historic 49th century and Ravindra Jadeja’s fifer, India beat South Africa by 243 runs which made sure they will finish at the top of the table in the league stage.
India have extended their unbeaten run in this tournament by 8 matches. The Men in Blue now have 16 points, four more than second-placed South Africa and both teams have only one match left to play.
India produced another dominant show in all three departments on Sunday as the Proteas just failed to match the intensity and didn’t put up any fight while chasing the 327-run target at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
It was a tricky surface to bat on and Virat Kohli showed the way to India with his 49th ODI century to match Sachin Tendulkar’s most ODI centuries tally.
Five-time champions Australia edged closer to securing a semi-final berth alongside India and South Africa — both already qualified for the final four.