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Good Sports: Virat Kohli Shines at Cricket World Cup

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2024
Good Sports: Virat Kohli Shines at Cricket World Cup

Cricket superstar Virat Kohli couldn’t lead India to victory over Australia in the final of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, but his stellar performance earned him individual honors. He was named the Player of the Tournament after scoring at least a halfcentury in nine of his 11 innings, including 54 in the final.

His 765 runs in the tournament was the most ever scored by an individual batter at a men’s Cricket World Cup, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 in the 2003 tournament.

He hit three centuries during the tournament, giving him a record of 50 One Day International hundreds, one more than Tendulkar. He broke the record in the semifinal against New Zealand in Wankhede Stadium, with his wife, Anushka Sharma, and Tendulkar in attendance.

“I was able to get the 50th in front of them and these fans in such a historic venue,” Kohli said. “It’s amazing.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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