Legendary Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar lauded ace batter Virat Kohli for achieving his 50th ODI century during the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2023. Sachin Tendulkar expressed satisfaction that the record of most hundreds in ODIs still remains with India.
Virat Kohli surpassed Tendulkar’s all-time ODI record during the semi-final clash against New Zealand. The 35-year-old achieved the milestone at Tendulkar’s home ground with the great man sitting in the stands, a perfect platform to reach the massive milestone.
I’m So Pleased That He’s Been Able To Do That – Sachin Tendulkar
In a video shared by ESPNCricinfo on X (formerly Twitter), Sachin Tendulkar highlighted that Virat Kohli’s cricket journey is far from over, emphasizing the abundance of cricket and runs left in him. He commended Kohli’s hunger and desire to achieve more for the country.
“I’m so pleased that he’s been able to do that, and I’m very sure that the journey has not stopped. There is a lot of cricket left in him and a lot of runs left in him, as well as a lot of hunger and a desire to achieve more for the country. I’m so happy that the record continues to stay with India. I’ve always said that the record belongs to India and still belongs to India,” Sachin told ESPNCricinfo.
"I've always said the record belongs to India" – Sachin Tendulkar praises Virat Kohli for his record-breaking 50th ODI century ? pic.twitter.com/KLKnkiBRF1
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 28, 2023
Make Us Proud – Sachin Tendulkar
Ahead of the World Cup final against Australia, Sachin Tendulkar presented Virat Kohli with his signed jersey. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted about the special occasion, highlighting the significance of the gesture between the two cricketing icons.
“A special occasion & a special pre-match moment. There’s ????? written all over this gesture! The legendary Sachin Tendulkar gifts Virat Kohli his signed jersey from his last ODI,” the BCCI tweeted.
A special occasion & a special pre-match moment ?
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— BCCI (@BCCI) November 19, 2023
The Delhi-born cricketer also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s (673) record for the most runs in a single edition. The right-handed batter achieved this feat by amassing 765 runs in 11 matches at an impressive average of 90.32, featuring six half-centuries and three centuries.