The ODI World Cup 2023 saw many records being made as the 10 teams that featured in the competition in India gave cricket enthusiasts quite a few memories to cherish. After 48 matches, Australia won the coveted title for a record-extending sixth time after defeating India in the summit clash by six wickets in Ahmedabad, on Sunday, November 19. In this article, we will take a look at one of the most commendable records from a player in World Cup history and it came in the recently-concluded edition of the marquee event.
Virat Kohli sets record for most 50-plus scores in a single World Cup edition
Virat Kohli was in impeccable form in the ODI World Cup 2023. He broke a plethora of records during the 10-team tournament. After playing 11 games, the Delhi batter finished with a whopping 765 runs, the most by any player in a particular edition of the competition. He scored the runs at a staggering average of 95.62 and registered six half-centuries and three centuries. No other batter has more 50-plus scores in a single World Cup edition than the nine scored by Kohli in 2023.
It is interesting to note that Kohli scored at least a half-century in all the games except the ones against Pakistan and England. In fact, after the England game where he was out for a duck, the 35-year-old registered scores of 88,101 not out, 51, 117, and 54 in five consecutive games. His hundred against New Zealand in the semifinals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai helped him surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 ODI centuries. Kohli was also looking good in the finals against Australia on a tricky pitch but he played a delivery onto his stumps to depart on 54.
India might not have won the tournament but their overall performance but Kohli’s scintillating knocks will be remembered by fans for a long time.