Virat Kohli is one of the most celebrated cricketers of our time, and he’s been in fantastic form during the 2023 World Cup. This article delves into the impressive details of Kohli’s performance in One Day Internationals (ODIs) against South Africa.
Kohli’s Spectacular Run in the 2023 World Cup
In the current 2023 World Cup, Virat Kohli has been the star for India. He’s scored a total of 442 runs in just seven innings, making him the top run-scorer for the team. With an average of 88.40 and a strike rate of 89.47, he’s been consistently exceptional.
Kohli’s journey in this World Cup started with an impressive 85 runs against Australia in Chennai. He then scored his 48th ODI century against Bangladesh in Pune. He also contributed significantly with 95 runs in India’s victory over New Zealand. In another game, he scored 88 runs as India won convincingly against Sri Lanka.
Kohli’s Remarkable Record Against South Africa
Virat Kohli has a fantastic record against South Africa in ODIs. In 30 matches against them, he’s managed to score 1403 runs, averaging an outstanding 61, which includes four centuries.
One of his standout moments was his unbeaten 160* in Cape Town in February 2018. In that match, he hit 12 fours and two sixes, helping India post a formidable total and win the game. Another memorable innings was in Chennai in October 2015 when he scored 138 runs, which played a key role in India’s victory.
Kohli’s dominance against South Africa continued with two more ODI centuries. In Durban in February 2018, he scored 112 runs, and in Centurion, he played an outstanding knock of 129* runs. These performances helped India secure victories in both matches.
Kohli’s ODI World Cup Record Against South Africa
When we look at Kohli’s ODI World Cup record against South Africa, it’s not as impressive as his overall ODI record. In three matches against South Africa in World Cups, he’s managed to score only 65 runs, with an average of 21.66.
In the 2011 World Cup match in Nagpur, Kohli was dismissed for just 1 run. In the 2015 World Cup in Melbourne, he contributed 46 runs, forming a crucial partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. During the 2019 World Cup match in Southampton, Kohli scored 18 runs before being caught behind.
As Virat Kohli prepares to face South Africa on his birthday, he’ll be aiming to improve his ODI World Cup record against them, adding another achievement to his illustrious career.