On a day destined for the record books, Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket maestro, equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s monumental tally of 49 one-day international hundreds, achieving the feat in his 277th inning—161 innings fewer than the legendary Tendulkar. Celebrating his 35th birthday, Kohli crafted this milestone with a classic performance at Kolkata’s famed Eden Gardens, leaving the cricket world in awe.
A Birthday Bash Sealed with a Century It was an occasion of double joy for Kohli, who not only reached a personal milestone but did so on his birthday, a dream scenario for any cricketer. His 101 not out became the cornerstone of India’s formidable 326-5 in 50 overs. Eden Gardens witnessed the magic of Kohli’s blade, carving 10 fours to seal his hundred in 119 balls.
Kohli and Iyer’s Partnership Dominates South Africa The pitch, initially perceived as tricky, turned into a batting haven for Kohli and Shreyas Iyer as they knitted a crucial 134-run stand for the third wicket. Their partnership propelled India to a total that seemed beyond reach at the start of the game. Kohli’s role was pivotal, batting deep to ensure India capitalized on the foundation laid by the openers.
Cricket Greats and Fans Celebrate Kohli’s Feat Sachin Tendulkar himself led the accolades for Kohli’s performance, playfully nudging him towards breaking his record next. Kohli’s century not only cemented his status in the annals of cricket but also stirred the emotions of a packed stadium, with fans lighting up the night in honor of his achievement.
South Africa’s Concerns Amid Kohli’s Celebrations While India celebrated, South Africa faced their woes with Marco Jansen’s costly overs and Lungi Ngidi’s injury adding to their challenges. The match proved to be a tale of contrasting fortunes, as India’s top-order, backed by Kohli’s genius, took the game away from the Proteas.