Virat Kohli’s Batting Prowess Defines the Tournament
Virat Kohli, India’s number three, showcased his exceptional batting skills throughout the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He scored a minimum of a half-century in nine out of his 11 innings, making his performance one of the highlights of the tournament.
Setting New Records in Men’s Cricket World Cup
Kohli’s impressive 765 runs in the tournament set a new record for the highest runs scored by an individual batter in a Men’s Cricket World Cup. This achievement surpassed the previous record of 673 runs set by Sachin Tendulkar in the 2003 tournament.
Impressive Statistics and Notable Achievements
With an average of 95.62 and a strike rate of 90.31, Kohli’s performance was nothing short of remarkable. He scored three centuries during the tournament, against Bangladesh, South Africa in the league stage, and New Zealand in the semi-finals. This third century increased Kohli’s career total to 50 One Day International hundreds, making him the top century-maker in the history of the format.
Breaking Records at Home Ground
Kohli surpassed Tendulkar’s long-standing record at the Wankhede Stadium, Tendulkar’s home ground. Kohli described the moment as perfect, saying, “This all feels like a dream. If I could paint the perfect picture, I would want this to be the picture.”
Final Performance and Reflections
In the final match against Australia, Kohli scored another half-century, hitting 54 from 63 balls. Despite his efforts, India fell short of victory. However, Kohli’s performance throughout the tournament was undeniably exceptional, earning him the title of Player of the Tournament.