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IND vs PAK: Virat Kohli Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s World Record, Scores 13,000 ODI Runs and 47th Century in Asia Cup Clash

In a scintillating IND vs PAK Asia Cup showdown, Virat Kohli achieved a monumental milestone, surging past Sachin Tendulkar’s world record by amassing an astonishing 13,000 ODI runs. Kohli’s exceptional feat was accompanied by his 47th ODI century, solidifying his status as one of cricket’s greatest-ever batsmen. This remarkable achievement occurred in a high-stakes encounter between India and Pakistan, adding even more luster to Kohli’s illustrious career.

Virat Kohli etched his name in cricket history on Monday during the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four match between India and Pakistan as he zoomed past Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 13,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest to achieve this milestone. The former India captain, resuming his innings from the previous day, initially reached a half-century in 55 balls and then astonishingly notched up his 47th ODI century in just 29 more deliveries.

In the process, Kohli overtook the legendary Tendulkar’s accomplishment, doing so in his 267th innings. This remarkable achievement marks Kohli as the fastest batter to reach 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000, 12,000, and now 13,000 ODI runs.


IND vs PAK: Virat Kohli Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar's World Record
IND vs PAK: Virat Kohli Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s World Record


Kohli’s ascent to 13,000 runs in 54 fewer innings than Tendulkar (321 innings) adds weight to the ongoing Virat vs. Sachin debate. With his 47th century, Kohli is now just two short of equalling his idol’s record for the most ODI centuries and three away from surpassing the great man to reach 50 one-day tons, a remarkable feat in itself.

Kohli’s brilliant partnership with KL Rahul allowed India to post a formidable total of 356/2, with Rahul also notching up a century, marking the sixth of his ODI career. Together, Kohli and Rahul formed an unbeaten 233-run partnership for the third wicket, the highest ever in Asia Cup history for any wicket. This century was also Kohli’s fourth consecutive one at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium.

Before the match, Kohli had needed 98 runs to reach 13,000 ODI runs, eight of which he had scored on the previous day before rain halted play after 24.1 overs, with India at 147/2. On Monday, on a batting-friendly pitch, he capitalized on the opportunity. Initially, Kohli and Rahul played cautiously, knowing that Pakistan had a bowler short due to Haris Rauf not being able to bowl. When Iftikhar Ahmed came in for Rauf, the shackles were broken, with Rahul leading the charge by reaching a century partnership.

As Rahul accelerated, Kohli found his timing against Shaheen Afridi’s pace. While he struggled to find gaps initially, Kohli’s frustration was evident. However, as Rahul’s pace slowed around the 40-over mark, it was Kohli’s turn to accelerate. He struck Iftikhar for a six and a four in his last over to enter the 70s, showing his boundary-hitting prowess.

Throughout his innings, Kohli kept an eye on the skies, anticipating rain. He knew that if rain intervened, India needed a substantial total to set a daunting target for Pakistan under the DLS method. Kohli and Rahul executed this plan perfectly, scoring at a rate exceeding six runs per over. Kohli’s first boundary was a bit fortunate as he edged Naseem Shah behind the wicketkeeper. Pakistan used their second review against Kohli, and he seemed determined to make them pay.

Initially, Kohli found it challenging to handle Faheem Ashraf, but he quickly adjusted and struck three boundaries, regaining his rhythm. As Rahul approached 98, Kohli accelerated from 86 to 97. A couple took him to 99, and a single off the next ball brought about his signature celebration. Kohli concluded India’s innings with consecutive boundaries and a six off the final three deliveries, contributing to India’s joint-highest ODI total against Pakistan, highlighting a remarkable batting display.

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