Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is arguably the greatest batter to ever play the great game of cricket, and yesterday he added another feather to his cap.

During the ICC World Cup 2023 match against South Africa at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Virat Kohli scored his 49th ODI hundred.

With this century, he equalled legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record of most ODI centuries.

However, his innings received mixed reviews from fans.

Source: X (Twitter)

Kohli took the crease after India made a rapid start, led by captain Rohit Sharma’s explosive 40 off 26 balls, boasting a striking 166.67 strike rate. While Kohli’s milestone equalled the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record, some fans criticized his innings as “selfish,” suggesting India could have reached a higher total had it not been for the dot balls he faced.

In the end, India posted a total of 326 runs in 50 overs, with Ravindra Jadeja contributing 22 off 14 in the final overs.

A section of Indian fans on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, expressed their discontent with Kohli’s approach.

One of the user compared Virat Kohli’s knock to Rohit Sharma’s blistering display at top.

On the other hand, another segment of the Indian fanbase defended Kohli’s knock, asserting that the pitch conditions were challenging, and the 35-year-old batter adhered to the team’s strategy.

Following the innings, Kohli acknowledged the tricky batting conditions, emphasizing that the pitch slowed down and the ball began to grip. He revealed that the team’s directive was for him to anchor the innings till the very end.

With this century, Kohli has accumulated a total of 119 scores of 50 or more in ODI cricket, surpassing Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 118. However, Tendulkar still holds the record with an impressive 145.

Furthermore, Kohli achieved another milestone by crossing the 6000-run mark in ODIs at home during the match against South Africa. He currently ranks second on this list, with Tendulkar leading the way.

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