In a display Virat Kohli, the Indian batsman achieved his 49th century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) during the clash, between India and South Africa at Kolkatas iconic Eden Gardens on a memorable Sunday.
This remarkable feat puts him in the company of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, whose record of 49 centuries in ODIs was previously unmatched. It was a moment for Kohli especially as he was also celebrating his birthday on this historic day.
Kohli reached his record equalling century during the 49th over of Indias innings with a composed single off Kagiso Rabadas delivery. This milestone is a testament to his skill and consistent performance even though he had some close calls during the tournament.
Here are some Twitter Reactions after Kohli’s Century
He's a walking work of art! Genius Goat Master of the modern white ball cricket & the greatest ever exist & what say…— Prathmesh (@prthmesh_18) November 5, 2023
Giving whole country a present on his own birthday! @imVkohli 👑❤️#INDvSA #ViratKohli𓃵 #KingKohli #HappyBirthdayViratKohli #HappyBirthdayKingKohli pic.twitter.com/hdFgBHy3FJ
He Is GOAT Virat Kohli 🐐🏏— Anahat🇮🇳 (@AnahatSagar) November 5, 2023
His Idol is GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo 🐐⚽️ pic.twitter.com/uukHwnuDrS
#ViratKohli, the maestro of cricket, celebrated his birthday in the grandest way possible by scoring his 49th ODI century! #HappyBirthdayKingKohli— ★ 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐯𝐢 ★ (@JanviXUmSimJas) November 5, 2023
May your journey continue to be filled with more incredible milestones💙🇮🇳
#MenInBlue #TeamIndia #HappyBirthdayViratKohli #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/pwTGwjHY7m
Virat Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar's record by reaching 49 centuries in 174 fewer innings. #SKY11 #ViratKohli #Kohli #WC2023 #WorldCup #INDvsSA #HappyBirthdayKingKohli #ShreyasIyer #Iyer #SachinTendulkar #RohitSharma #KLRahul pic.twitter.com/ZTPQ62iWlx— Sky11 (@sky11official) November 5, 2023
Records of Virat Kohli today:— Chandra Shekar (@Shekar4266) November 5, 2023
– Fastest 49 hundreds in ODI
– First player to complete 50 hundreds in white ball cricket
– Completed 500 runs in WC 2023
– 2nd most 50+ plus score in ODIs
– Completed 6000 runs in India in ODIs
– Becomes the 3rd highest run getter in World Cups pic.twitter.com/IqFap6d6X5
On two occasions in the World Cup Kohli narrowly missed out on reaching this record by scoring 97 against New Zealand and 88 against Sri Lanka. Interestingly fans were quick to recognize the significance of this achievement as Kohlis first ODI century also took place at Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka back, in 2009.
Moreover he achieved a milestone in his cricket career by scoring his international century during a Test match, against Sri Lanka at the same venue in 2017. This remarkable achievement solidifies his reputation as one of the cricketers of our time.
Kohli, who made his debut in cricket back in 2008 has a record of 79 centuries across all three formats of the game. This places him second to Sachin Tendulkar, who has a tally of 100 centuries. Kohlis incredible consistency and status as a cricketing icon are evident from this accomplishment.
During the match itself Virat Kohli played an innings. Remained unbeaten at 101 runs from 121 deliveries. His outstanding performance played a role in helping India reach a total of 326 for 5 within their allocated 50 overs. With this victory India secured their place in the tournaments semifinals after winning all seven matches played far.
As the tournament progresses further fans and enthusiasts around the world will eagerly watch Kohlis pursuit of milestones with anticipation. Indias next challenge in the competition will be their group stage match against the Netherlands scheduled for November 12th in Bengaluru, before the anticipated semifinals.