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Virat Kohli equals Sachin’s most ODI hundreds record; Tendulkar says hope you reach 50th soon


Top Indian batter Virat Kohli on November 5 scored his 49th One-Day International (ODI) hundred, equaling the record set by his former teammate and cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli reached the landmark during the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match against South Africa, played in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, where he scored an unbeaten knock of 101 runs off 121 balls. The inning comprised of 10 fours.

Reacting to Kohli’s achievement, Tendulkar said he was hopeful that Kohli would break his record soon.

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“I hope you go from 49 to 50 and break my record in the next few days. Congratulations!! (sic),” the ‘Master Blaster’ posted on social media platform X.

“It took me 365 days to go from 49 to 50 earlier this year,” Tendulkar added in a lighter vein, referring to him reaching the age of 50 in April this year.

Notably, Kohli achieved the 49 ODI centuries record in a total of 277 innings. This is faster as compared to 451 innings taken by Sachin to reach the mark.


Virat Kohli smashed his third ODI hundred in the ongoing World Cup on November 5

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Virat Kohli smashed his third ODI hundred in the ongoing World Cup on November 5

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Updated: 05 Nov 2023, 06:59 PM IST

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