“Every opportunity to play for India is big for me. To be able to do it on my birthday in front of a whole crowd is a dream, it’s what you wish for as a kid,” Kohli later said. His record equals innings. “I’m very thankful to God that I’ve been blessed with these kinds of moments, a lot of love from the fans and continue to help the team in any way I can.”
Kohli reached a record-equalling 119-ball century, hitting the milestone by punching Kagiso Rabada for a single in the 49th over of India’s innings in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Eden Gardens. While Tendulkar scored his 49th century in his 451st ODI innings, Kohli reached it in his 277th innings in his 289th match. He remained unbeaten on 101 off 121 balls, taking India to a total of 326 runs.
Virat played great.
It took me 365 days to go from 49 to 50 earlier this year. I hope you go from 49 to 50 and break my record in the next few days.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2023
Kohli opened his innings in the sixth over and then India lost Shubman Gill in the 11th over, with the score at 93 for 2. “It was a tough wicket to bat on,” Kohli said. “We got off to a great start with Rohit [Sharma] And Shubman, and then when I came in, my job was to maintain that pace, but as the ten overs went on, the ball started to grip and the wicket started to slow down as the ball got bigger.
“Our roles are different – me and Shreyas [Iyer], we wanted to string together a partnership and to be honest, as soon as we lost Shubman and Rohit in ten overs, my role was to bat deep and bat at the end because that’s what I’ve done over the years and that’s communication. The team was good; I bat and guys bat around me and then Shreyas starts hitting a few. So, we were not thinking that we will get 327  But when you dig deep and take the game to the last few overs you get more than you thought.”
He and Iyer put on 134 off 158 balls to maintain India’s momentum for the third wicket. “We had a lot of practice sessions before we went to the Asia Cup. Shreyas and I have always batted together, because No. 3 and No. 4, against the spinners. And I spoke to him, ‘This is the partnership that needs to be taken to the centre. Through the middle overs’. So both of us are quite comfortable rotating the strike against the spinners. He got away with the loose balls, credit to him,” Kohi said. “Like I said, when you lose two wickets and Hardik is not there [Pandya] In your team, you have to bat deep and make sure you get to a point where the opposition feels we have to restrict them, we are one wicket away from 30 runs rather than chasing us. He batted well under the conditions and strike rotation was key.”
Kohli now has two centuries with four half-centuries in eight league games so far in the 2023 World Cup. he Second highest run scorer Behind South Africa’s Quinton de Kock in the tournament, he scored 543 runs at an average of 108.60 and a strike rate of 88.29. He scored this first goal Over 500 runs ODI World Cup.
Kohli’s century in the ODI format continues a great year for him. There is more than that 1000 runs with five centuries in 2023, an average of 72.18 and a strike rate of 99.82. This is the eighth time he has scored more than 1000 ODI runs in a year, surpassing Tendulkar’s record of seven.
With seven wins from seven games, India are the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup ahead of this top-flight clash with South Africa.