In a recent interview, Indian cricket star Virat Kohli opened up about his ambitions and his journey in the world of cricket. With 48 One Day International (ODI) centuries under his belt, Kohli is just one century away from equaling the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries. Despite his incredible success, Kohli made it clear that he never played for milestones. He attributed his remarkable career, which includes 78 international centuries and over 26,000 international runs, to his dedication and longevity in the sport.
Kohli expressed his thoughts, saying, “If we talk about cricket, I had never thought of achieving it all, as in where my career is and how God has blessed me with such a career span and performances. I had always dreamt I’d do this, but I had never thought things would pan out this way exactly.” He emphasized that achievements of this magnitude cannot be planned, and one’s journey in the sport unfolds in unpredictable ways.
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The cricketer also acknowledged that he never anticipated scoring so many hundreds and accumulating such an impressive number of runs during his 12-year career. It’s a testament to his dedication and exceptional talent. Kohli is now determined to close the gap and equal Tendulkar’s record as soon as possible, following a period from 2020 to 2022 during which he faced a century-long drought.
In the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Kohli has been in excellent form, contributing significantly to India’s success. With four fifty-plus knocks in the tournament, he came tantalizingly close to centuries in two matches but missed out on both occasions. However, his 48th ODI century came against Bangladesh in Pune, bringing him just one step away from joining Sachin Tendulkar in the record books.
Despite some criticism for his approach during the Bangladesh match when he seemed to slow down while approaching his century, Kohli’s focus remains on contributing to India’s victories. Team India has performed admirably in the World Cup, winning all six of their league games and looking to secure their spot in the semi-finals. Kohli will undoubtedly continue to be a key player as India strives for success in the tournament.
As cricket fans eagerly await Kohli’s quest to match Tendulkar’s record, the entire cricketing world is abuzz with excitement, and Kohli’s career continues to be a source of inspiration for aspiring cricketers and sports enthusiasts worldwide.