Sachin Tendulkar On Virat Kohli’s Future With Team India: Virat Kohli didn’t achieve his dream of securing a second World Cup title in the recently concluded 2023 edition. However, the former India captain had an exceptional tournament marked by breaking several records. Despite India facing another disheartening loss in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup held at home, many fans will cherish the campaign for Virat Kohli’s outstanding performances and consistent contributions throughout the marquee tournament.
Virat Kohli shattered several significant records during the tournament, including a few previously held by Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli emerged as the top run-scorer in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Across 11 matches, he accumulated 765 runs at an outstanding average of 95.62, featuring three centuries and six fifties. His highest individual score in the tournament was 117.
He secured the highest run total in a single edition of the Cricket World Cup, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 runs set in the 2003 World Cup. Additionally, Kohli surpassed Sachin’s tally to achieve the most fifty-plus scores in a single World Cup.
More famously though, Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries, something many thought was very difficult to achieve when Tendulkar retired. Later on, Kohli became the first player to score 50 centuries in the format.
Sachin Tendulkar Gave An Honest Verdict On Virat Kohli’s Future With Team India
Meanwhile, Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar expressed joy at Virat Kohli surpassing his record for the most ODI centuries. He mentioned that Virat still has a substantial amount of cricket and runs left in him.
“I am very sure that the journey has not stopped, there is a lot of cricket left in him and a lot of runs left in him. There is a hunger and desire to achieve more things for the country,”
Sachin added that he is pleased the record, originally set by an Indian, continues to be held by an Indian. The Master Blaster believes that Virat has much more to contribute to Indian cricket. He said:
“I have seen Virat even before he played for India. And then I have seen him grow from a youngster,” Tendulkar said on ESPNCricinfo.
He added: “And then the same player goes on achieve such wonderful things for the country. I am so pleased that he has been able to do that and I am very sure that the journey has not stopped. There is a lot of cricket left in him and lot of runs left in him. Lot of hunger and desire to achieve more for the country. I am so happy that the record continues to stay with India. I have always said that the record belongs to India and still does,”