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On November 5, 2023, Virat Kohli etched his name into cricket history by equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most ODI centuries. Kohli achieved this remarkable feat during India’s emphatic 243-run victory over South Africa in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.

The match, played at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata, saw Kohli bat with characteristic determination and composure. Despite playing on a challenging pitch, he managed to score an unbeaten 101, including 10 boundaries. This was his fourth ODI World Cup century and his first against South Africa.

Kohli’s achievement was not just a personal milestone but also a significant moment for Indian cricket. He became the second Indian batsman after Tendulkar to score 49 ODI centuries, and he did it in far fewer innings (277 compared to Tendulkar’s 452).

The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted in joy as Kohli reached his century, and the celebrations continued long after the match ended. Kohli was rightfully declared the Player of the Match for his outstanding performance.

Kohli’s record-equaling century was a fitting tribute to his immense talent and dedication. He is a true icon of Indian cricket, and his achievements are sure to inspire generations to come.

Kohli’s Record-Breaking Journey

Kohli’s journey to this record-breaking moment has been nothing short of extraordinary. He made his ODI debut in 2008 at the age of 19 and has since become one of the most prolific batsmen in the world.

He has scored over 12,000 runs in ODIs, including 49 centuries and 64 half-centuries. He is also the only batsman in history to average over 50 in ODIs while chasing.

Kohli’s success is not just due to his natural talent but also his hard work and dedication. He is known for his meticulous preparation and his ability to adapt to different conditions.

What’s Next for Kohli?

With Kohli now tied with Tendulkar for the most ODI centuries, the question on everyone’s mind is whether he can break the record. Given his current form and fitness, there is no doubt that he has the potential to do it.

In fact, Tendulkar himself has expressed his belief that Kohli will break the record. “I have no doubt that he will go past my record,” Tendulkar said after Kohli’s century. “He is a phenomenal talent and I am sure he will achieve even greater things in the future.

Whether or not Kohli breaks Tendulkar’s record, there is no doubt that he is already one of the greatest ODI batsmen of all time. His remarkable accomplishments have motivated countless global supporters. He’ll remain a beacon for budding cricket players in the years ahead.

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