Indian cricket’s ace Virat Kohli achieved a monumental feat in the final match of the ODI World Cup 2023, leapfrogging the legendary Ricky Ponting to become the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament’s history. With a valiant 54-run knock against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Kohli’s total World Cup tally soared to 1,795 runs from 37 matches, boasting an impressive average of 59.83.
Kohli’s journey through this World Cup has been nothing short of spectacular, with a record of five centuries and 12 half-centuries, including his highest score of 117. His consistent performances have seen him surpass Ponting’s 1,743 runs, placing him behind only Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who tops the chart with 2,278 runs.
Adding to his list of accolades, the 36-year-old also set the record for the most runs in a single World Cup edition, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar’s previous high of 673 runs set in 2003. Furthermore, Kohli now holds the record for the most fifty-plus scores in a single World Cup, with nine half-centuries to his name, outdoing both Tendulkar’s and Shakib al Hasan’s previous records.
However, his stint at the crease came to an end during the 28.3 overs when Australian skipper Pat Cummins dismissed him with a crafty short-length delivery, marking a significant moment in the final showdown.
Cummins, leading the Australian squad, had earlier won the toss and opted to bowl, setting the stage for a riveting contest. With India seeking their third World Cup title and Australia eyeing their sixth, the final promises to be a historic encounter.
Both teams have fielded strong playing XIs, with India led by Rohit Sharma and Australia by the skillful Cummins. The match is not only a battle for the coveted trophy but also a testament to the sheer talent and prowess that both teams bring to the field, epitomized by Kohli’s outstanding new World Cup record.