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Discover how Virat Kohli’s incredible innings rewrote cricket history, making him the fastest to 13,000 ODI runs, leaving Sachin Tendulkar behind. Relive the thrilling India vs. Pakistan showdown in the Asia Cup 2023, as Kohli and KL Rahul’s extraordinary partnership set the cricket world abuzz.
In a thrilling Asia Cup 2023 encounter between India and Pakistan, cricket sensation Virat Kohli etched his name in the record books by surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The 34-year-old batting maestro achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the fastest player to reach 13,000 runs in One Day International (ODI) cricket. Kohli achieved this milestone in just 267 innings, breaking Tendulkar’s previous world record of 321 innings. This stunning accomplishment came during an outstanding performance against Pakistan.
During the crucial Super 4 match, Kohli delivered a brilliant unbeaten innings, scoring 122 runs from 94 balls, while KL Rahul also played a stellar role with an unbeaten 111 from 106 balls. Their partnership propelled India to a commanding total of 356/2 in their allotted 50 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
What made this achievement even more impressive was that it marked Virat Kohli’s fourth consecutive century at this venue, with scores of 128* (119 balls), 131 (96 balls), and 110* (116 balls) in the previous matches. Furthermore, Kohli and Rahul set a new Asia Cup (ODI) record with their magnificent 233-run partnership. They eclipsed the previous record held by Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and N Jamshed, who had a 224-run partnership against India in 2012.
In addition to his record-breaking feat, Virat Kohli equalled the record of Sri Lanka’s great Kumar Sangakkara by notching up four centuries in the Asia Cup. Only Sanath Jayasuriya, with six centuries, has more tons in this continental event.
Shubman Gill, who was among those praising their performance, remarked, “It was a very special match for us. KL Rahul was playing his first match after recovering from an injury, and his century under these challenging conditions was truly magnificent. Virat Bhai, as always, continues to inspire us all. His achievement of 13,000 runs is a testament to his greatness.”
Gill also highlighted the importance of taking on the bowlers and putting away the bad balls to regain control in challenging conditions. He acknowledged the initial seam movement and variety in the Pakistani bowlers’ strategies but emphasized the need to adapt and mix up deliveries effectively to succeed.
In summary, Virat Kohli’s remarkable achievement, along with KL Rahul’s outstanding performance, made for a memorable match that left cricket enthusiasts in awe of their talent and determination.