Virat Kohli has been in outstanding form during the 2023 World Cup, breaking numerous records.
In a remarkable campaign, the 35-year-old surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI hundreds, achieving his 50th ODI ton in the semi-final against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Kohli’s impressive 2023 World Cup performance, accumulating 711 runs in 10 innings, establishes a new record for the highest run tally in a single edition of the Men’s ODI World Cup.
This surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. Analyzing Kohli’s showings in ODI ICC event finals, he contributed a crucial 35 runs off 49 balls in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
In pursuit of 275 runs, India faced early setbacks with dismissals of Virender Sehwag (0) and Tendulkar (18) by Lasith Malinga.
Kohli and Gautam Gambhir (97 off 122) formed an essential partnership, contributing 83 runs for the third wicket in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka. India secured victory by six wickets, with MS Dhoni playing a captain’s innings of 91* in 79 balls.
After not reaching the finals in the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cup editions, Sunday’s final will mark Kohli’s second appearance in the pinnacle match of a Men’s ODI World Cup.
Virat Kohli’s performance in ICC Champions Trophy finals
Examining the 35-year-old batsman’s performance in ICC Champions Trophy finals, he emerged as the top-scorer in the 2013 final in Birmingham, a match shortened to 20 overs per side due to rain.
Kohli scored 43 runs off 34 balls, including four fours and a six, before getting dismissed by James Anderson. India posted 129/7, ultimately securing victory as they restricted England to 124/8 in a tense finish.
Kohli captained India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final in Birmingham. However, he was out for 5 off 9 balls, falling to Mohammad Amir. In the pursuit of 339, the Indian team collapsed to 158 in 30.3 overs, suffering a defeat by 180 runs.