Virat Kohli played an outstanding century in the 2023 ODI World Cup match against Bangladesh at Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, securing India a seven-wicket victory with a six off Nasum Ahmed and a total of 257 runs chased.
While scoring his century, Kohli achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the fastest batter to reach 26,000 international runs, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Kohli accomplished this milestone in 567 innings, while Tendulkar required 600 innings to do the same.
Starting the match, the 34-year-old was 77 runs away from achieving 26,000 international runs. He had accumulated 25,923 runs from 566 innings in all three formats. The right-handed batter reached this milestone impressively, hitting a six off Hasan Mahmud in the 39th over of the innings.
While playing that inning, Kohli not only achieved the 26,000-run milestone but also surpassed former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, who had scored 25,957 runs. This made Kohli the fourth-highest run scorer in international cricket.
Now, the former India skipper boasts 26,026 runs from 511 international matches, maintaining an impressive average of 53.99. He has recorded 78 centuries and 134 half-centuries.
In the realm of international cricket, only Sachin Tendulkar (34,357 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (28,016 runs), and Ricky Ponting (27,483 runs) have outscored Kohli.
Regarding his ODI centuries, Kohli’s ton against Bangladesh marked his 48th in 285 matches. Furthermore, he boasts 29 centuries in Test matches across 111 games and one in T20Is from 115 matches.
Kohli leads India’s run chase of 257 against Bangladesh
India cruised to a seven-wicket win against Bangladesh in the 2023 World Cup, keeping their unbeaten record intact. They’ve won all four of their matches, putting them on par with New Zealand.
Bangladesh posted 256/8, with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravindra Jadeja taking two wickets each. During the chase, Rohit Sharma (48 off 40) and Shubman Gill (53 off 55) put up an 88-run partnership for the opening wicket.
Kohli led the chase with an unbeaten 103 from 97 deliveries, featuring six fours and four sixes. The 34-year-old batted confidently, contributing 46 runs alongside Shreyas Iyer (19) and forming an unbroken 83-run partnership with KL Rahul (34* off 34) for the fourth wicket.