July 17, 2024
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Ponting backs Kohli to break Tendulkar’s ODI record at World Cup

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting predicts that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

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Kohli closes in on Tendulkar’s record

Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team, is on the verge of achieving a historic feat in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The batting maestro is just two centuries away from equaling Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 hundreds in one-day internationals, and three away from surpassing it. And he has a strong supporter in his quest: former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

Ponting praises Kohli’s hunger, fitness and form

Ponting, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen and captains of all time, has expressed his confidence that Kohli will break Tendulkar’s record during the World Cup, which is being held in India. Ponting made his bold prediction on the latest episode of The ICC Review podcast, where he praised Kohli’s hunger, fitness and form.

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I think he will. I think he’ll definitely get two hundreds, whether he gets the three is another thing, ” Ponting said. “But the venues, the wickets and the grounds in India are just so conducive to scoring, making big runs. Who knows with him, it’s probably his last World Cup as well. If he gets that mindset, and we saw that he’s in pretty good touch, and we know with him he’s always hungry. He’s a winner, he wants success for himself and for his team. There is every chance at the end of this World Cup he could be equal with, if not breaking Sachin’s record, which is remarkable within itself.”

Kohli’s ODI stats and achievements

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Kohli has already scored 47 hundreds in 282 ODIs, at an astonishing average of 60.31 and a strike rate of 93.25. He has also amassed 12,345 runs in the format, second only to Tendulkar’s 18,426. Kohli scored his first ODI century in December 2009 against Sri Lanka, and his most recent one in September 2023 against Pakistan. He has scored two hundreds at previous World Cups, including a memorable unbeaten 100 in his tournament debut against Bangladesh in 2011.

Kohli is also known as the chase master, as he has scored 26 of his 47 ODI centuries while batting second, with 22 of them resulting in India’s victories. He has already surpassed Tendulkar for the most runs in successful chases in ODIs during this World Cup, after scoring a classy 85 against Australia in India’s six-wicket win.

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Ponting believes Kohli deserves to break the record

Ponting, who has played against both Tendulkar and Kohli, said that Kohli deserves to break the record as he works hard and is ultra fit. “Forty-nine one-day international hundreds is amazing. But he deserves that, he works hard,” Ponting said. “You watch him even in the field, game one, he just looks ultra fit, is up for the contest every ball whether it’s in the field or with these batting hands. So I’d never write him off.”

Kohli’s World Cup prospects and legacy

Kohli will have at least eight more chances to score the required centuries at the World Cup, as India have qualified for the Super Six stage after topping their group with four wins out of four. India will face England, New Zealand and South Africa in the Super Six stage, followed by the semi-finals and the final if they progress further.

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The World Cup is also likely to be Kohli’s last major ODI tournament as captain, as he has announced that he will step down from the role after the event to focus on his batting and other formats. Kohli will be keen to end his ODI captaincy on a high note by lifting the trophy for India and breaking Tendulkar’s record along the way.

Kohli’s tribute to Tendulkar

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If Kohli does manage to achieve this feat, it will be a fitting tribute to his idol Tendulkar, who has been an inspiration for him and millions of other cricket fans around the world. Tendulkar himself has been supportive of Kohli’s pursuit of his record, saying that records are meant to be broken. He has also congratulated Kohli on several occasions when he reached milestones or scored match-winning knocks.

Kohli has often expressed his admiration and gratitude for Tendulkar, calling him a legend and a role model. He has also dedicated some of his centuries to Tendulkar, such as his 35th ODI hundred against South Africa in 2018, which came on the same day that Tendulkar had scored his first ODI double hundred nine years ago.

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