The year was 1983 and India’s back was against the wall when the legendary Kapil Dev pulled off one of the most iconic knocks in World Cup history to rescue the Men in Blue against giant-killers Zimbabwe. Openers Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth died when India were five down with a score of 17 in the 1983 World Cup. Forty years later, the Indian team, starring Virat Kohli, suffered a rare batting collapse and openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan achieved the unwanted feat of Gavaskar and Srikkanth by not opening their respective accounts against Australia.
As India faced an embarrassing collapse like the 1983 World Cup edition, the duo of Kohli and Rahul resurrected the Indian innings in front of a packed Chepauk. Rahul and Kohli missed centuries but the top batsmen completed the demolition job with their impressive knocks. While Rahul scored an unbeaten 97, Kohli scored 85 off 116 balls to reach new heights in his iconic career. From outclassing Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to upstaging Anil Kumble, the 34-year-old had a record-breaking outing for the Men in Blue at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
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Kohli took his 15th catch of the World Cup to surpass Kumble’s record. The run machine holds the record for most catches by an Indian in ODI World Cup history. Batsman Kohli then witnessed India crumble in their run chase as Rohit and company were reduced to 2-3 in 1.6 overs. With India facing an uphill task, Kohli lived up to his ‘master chaser’ tag by playing a match-altering knock against the five-time world champions.
Kohli records his highest score in successful World Cup run chase
Kohli was dismissed for 12 by Mitchell Marsh, who became the first Australian opener to be dismissed for a duck against India in a World Cup One Day International (ODI) match. Punishing the Australians for their costly mistake, Kohli played a majestic knock to rescue India from a precarious situation. The former Indian captain combined his brilliant knock with 6 fours. This was Kohli’s first 50+ score in a successful World Cup chase.
Tendulkar’s twin records shattered by Kohli
Kohli, who broke a world record in the 2023 edition of the World Cup, now has more runs in successful chases than any other batsman in the history of ODI cricket. The veteran batsman has eclipsed batting icon Tendulkar to become the proud owner of the world record. When it comes to successful chases, Kohli amassed 5,517 runs in 92 innings, while Tendulkar amassed 5,490 in 124.
Kohli also managed to surpass Tendulkar by breaking the latter’s record of most runs by an Indian in ICC white-ball tournaments. Master Blaster Tendulkar smashed 2,719 runs in 61 games, while Kohli crossed the 2,780-run mark in the recently concluded match. Kohli, the fastest batsman with 13,000 ODI runs, is just two centuries away from equaling Tendulkar’s record tally of ODI hundreds.
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