KL Rahul has revealed what took place during the India vs. Bangladesh 2023 World Cup match as Virat Kohli approached his century. Rahul explained that Kohli was worried about not taking singles because he didn’t want to seem too focused on getting a hundred. But Rahul convinced him that India had the match under control, so he should go for it.
Kohli was in the 90s when India was very close to winning while chasing 257. He controlled the strike and scored a hundred by hitting a six against Nasum Ahmed. Opinions were divided on Kohli’s approach as he neared his century, with some thinking he was focused on achieving a personal milestone.
Rahul, in an interview with Star Sports after India’s seven-wicket victory, explained the conversation he had with Kohli:
“He was confused, actually. He said, ‘it would not look too nice to not take a single, it is still a World Cup match. It’s a big stage, and I don’t want to look like I want to get a milestone’.”
”But I said, ‘it is not won but we will still win it quite easily, so if you can get to the milestone, why not. You must try’. And he did that in the end and I wasn’t going to run singles!,” the keeper-batter stated.
Rahul didn’t make much of the controversy regarding umpire Richard Kettleborough’s decision not to call a wide on a delivery down the leg side in the final over. Instead, he said:
“It happened in the previous over as well, a slower bouncer that went for a wide. It’s a hard question to answer.”
India’s victory against Bangladesh marked their fourth consecutive win in the 2023 World Cup, preserving their undefeated record in the tournament.
Kohli became the quickest to reach 26,000 international runs
Kohli’s unbeaten century, scored with 103* off 97 balls, also made him the quickest batsman to achieve 26,000 international runs. He accomplished this feat in just 567 innings, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 600 innings.
Additionally, with his 48th ODI century in the World Cup game against Bangladesh in Pune, Kohli is just one century away from matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 one-day centuries.