IND vs AFG: Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar's All-Time Record To Become Leading Run Getter For India In ICC Tournaments

Updated - 09 Oct 2023, 12:47 PM

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Ace Indian batter Virat Kohli achieved a massive milestone in the match against Australia during the ICC World Cup 2023. Virat Kohli surpassed legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the highest run scorer for India in white-ball ICC tournaments.

The Pat Cummins-led team opted to bat first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, October 8. The visitors managed to score 199 runs in challenging batting conditions. Steve Smith scored 46 runs off 71 balls, and David Warner contributed 41 runs.

Virat Kohli And KL Rahul Steadied The Run Chase

The Men in Blue had a disappointing start in the run chase, losing three wickets for just two runs. Mitchell Starc dismissed makeshift opener Ishan Kishan for a golden duck in the first over. Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed by Josh Hazlewood in the next over.

Virat Kohli and KL Rahul steadied the run chase by adding a 165-run partnership. Virat fell just 15 runs short of a well-deserved century in the tournament’s opener. Rahul and Hardik Pandya successfully completed the run chase with more than 50 balls to spare in Chennai.

Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Record

Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most runs by an Indian in ICC white-ball tournaments. The 34-year-old achieved this milestone in his 67th match with an impressive average of 65.23. The veteran batter smashed two centuries and 25 fifties.

In ICC limited-over tournaments, Sachin Tendulkar scored 2,719 runs in 58 matches at an average of 52.28, including seven centuries and 16 fifties. Rohit Sharma is in third place with 2,422 runs in 64 matches, followed by Yuvraj Singh (1707) and Sourav Ganguly (1671).

Most Runs For India In ICC White-Ball Tournaments

  • Virat Kohli – 2785 (64 innings)
  • Sachin Tendulkar – 2719 (58 innings)
  • Rohit Sharma – 2422 (64 innings)
  • Yuvraj Singh – 1707 (62 innings)
  • Sourav Ganguly – 1671 (32 innings)

The Rohit Sharma-led team secured a six-wicket victory in their inaugural match of the showpiece event. The home team moved to the fifth position in the 10-team points table, earning them two crucial points in the event.

However, their N.R.R stands at +0.883, which is lower than that of the other four teams. The Men in Blue will take on the Afghanistan team in their next match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, on Wednesday, October 11.

Also read: IND vs AUS: “Virat Kohli’s Presence Is Going To Be Absolutely Huge For This Indian Team” – Monty Panesar

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