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Records That Virat Kohli Can Surpass in World Cup 2023

As Virat Kohli gears up for the World Cup 2023, there are several records that he has the potential to surpass. Here are some of the records that Virat Kohli could break in the upcoming tournament.

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Virat Kohli along with Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah during practice session at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai ahead of World Cup 2023 India's first match against Australia

As the World Cup 2023 approaches, all eyes are on Virat Kohli. With his exceptional skills and determination, Kohli has already made a mark in the history of the tournament. In this article, we will explore the records that Kohli can potentially surpass during the World Cup 2023. From becoming one of the top run-getters to breaking individual match records, Kohli has the potential to leave an indelible mark on cricket history.

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Top Three All-Time Leading Run-Getters

Currently, Virat Kohli has aggregated 1030 runs in World Cups, placing him among the top run-getters in the history of the tournament. However, he has the opportunity to break into the top three. By surpassing the current third-place holder, Kohli can cement his name alongside the greats of the game.

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Chasing Rohit Sharma's Century Record

In terms of centuries scored in World Cups, Kohli has two to his name. However, he still has a long way to go to match his teammate Rohit Sharma, who currently holds the joint-most centuries in World Cups with six. Kohli requires four more centuries to draw level with Sharma, a feat that would solidify his status as one of the greatest batsmen in World Cup history.


Fifty-Plus Scores

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Virat Kohli has already scored eight half-centuries in World Cups. By hitting five more half-centuries, he can surpass the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and become the player with the second-most fifty-plus totals in World Cups. This achievement would further demonstrate his consistency and ability to perform at the highest level.


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Surpassing Tendulkar's Single Edition Record

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Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring the most runs (673) in a single edition of the ODI World Cup. However, with Kohli's exceptional pedigree and hunger for success, he has the potential to surpass that tally in the 2023 edition. If he achieves this feat, it would be a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to his outstanding batting prowess.


Second Century Against Pakistan

During the 2015 edition of the ODI World Cup, Virat Kohli scored a century against Pakistan in Adelaide. If he manages to score another century against Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, he will become the only Indian player to achieve this feat in World Cup history. This record would showcase his ability to perform under pressure in high-stakes matches.

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Climbing the Appearances Chart

By playing nine matches in the World Cup, Virat Kohli has the opportunity to surpass Javagal Srinath and become the Indian player with the second-most appearances in ODI World Cups. Currently, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 45 matches. Kohli's consistency and dedication to the sport make this record within reach.


Breaking Sachin's Century Record

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Virat Kohli has already scored 47 centuries in ODIs, just two shy of Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49. The World Cup provides an ideal platform for Kohli to surpass Tendulkar and become the player with the most number of centuries in ODI cricket. This would solidify his position as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game.


Climbing the Leading Run-Getters Chart

In terms of overall ODI run-getters, Kohli currently ranks fifth with 13083 runs. The top four positions are held by Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, and Sanath Jayasuriya. During the World Cup, Kohli has the opportunity to overtake Jayasuriya and climb up to the fourth position. This would be another significant milestone in his illustrious career.

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Joining the Elite Club of World Cup Winners

If India is crowned champions in the World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli will join an elite club of players who have been part of two successful World Cup-winning campaigns. Currently, only Ravi Ashwin shares this distinction with Kohli. This achievement would further solidify Kohli's status as one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket history.


Closing in on the Catching Record

Ricky Ponting holds the record for taking the most catches (28) in World Cup history. Virat Kohli, with 14 catches to his credit, has a chance to close in on this record. If he maintains his agility and sharp fielding skills, Kohli could potentially surpass Ponting and establish himself as the leading catcher in World Cup history.


Conclusion

As the World Cup 2023 approaches, Virat Kohli has the opportunity to create history and surpass several records. From becoming one of the top run-getters in the tournament to breaking individual match records, Kohli's exceptional skills and determination make him a force to be reckoned with. Cricket fans around the world eagerly await the World Cup to witness Kohli's journey towards greatness.

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