Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri backs Virat Kohli to break legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 centuries in International cricket. The veteran Indian batter slammed his 80th century in International cricket in the semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against New Zealand on Thursday, November 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Virat Kohli slammed 117 runs from 113 deliveries, including nine boundaries and two sixes. This was his 50th century in One-Day Internationals. India won the match by 70 runs to storm into the finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Hailing the veteran batter, Ravi Shastri expressed that Kohli can break Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries record. He added that nothing is impossible for a player like Virat Kohli. Shastri said,
“Who would have thought when Sachin Tendulkar got 100 hundreds that anyone would come close? And, he’s got 80; 80 international hundreds, 50 of them in the one-day game, which makes him the highest. Unreal.”
“Nothing’s impossible because such players, when they start reeling off hundreds, then they score them pretty quickly. In his next 10 innings, you might see another five hundred. You have three formats of the game, and he’s part of all those formats. To think that he still has three or four years of cricket ahead of him is simply mind-boggling,” he added.
Virat Kohli’s just been wonderful: Ravi Shastri
Former cricketer Ravi Shastri further praised Virat Kohli for his ability to perform under pressure. Virat Kohli has played an instrumental role for the team in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. He has scored 711 runs at an average of 101.57, including three centuries and five fifties. Ravi Shastri said,
“I think his composure, his body language, his calmness at the crease (in this WC). I have seen him come out in previous World Cups where he’s like a cat on a hot tin roof.”
“He wanted to get on with it straight away. None of that sort here. He’s taken his time, marked his guard, soaked the pressure, given himself time, and understood his role of batting deep in the innings. He’s just been wonderful,” he added.