In a contest where India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, achieved numerous records with his rapid century against Afghanistan, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli marked a significant milestone with his determined half-century during match No.9 of the ICC World Cup 2023, held on Wednesday. Returning to play for India in their second match of the ICC event at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, local favorite Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s batting record in World Cup cricket.
At 34 years old, Kohli has become the highest all-time scorer in ICC World Cups (comprising 50-over and T20Is). This feat was accomplished in his 53rd inning at the ICC World Cup, surpassing Tendulkar’s previous record of 2278 runs in World Cup cricket. Tendulkar initially made his World Cup debut in the 2011 edition of the ICC event, and India, the two-time champions, last won the World Cup in 2011.
In the 2011 World Cup, Kohli amassed 282 runs in nine innings. He delivered an exceptional performance by scoring an unbeaten 100 in his debut World Cup match against Bangladesh at Mirpur. In terms of One Day International (ODI) editions of the World Cup, Kohli currently ranks third among Indian batsmen with the most runs, trailing only Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Kohli has also participated in five T20 World Cups, where he holds the record for the most runs in the history of the T20 World Cup. The former Indian skipper has accumulated 1141 runs in 27 T20 World Cup matches.