In 2023, Virat Kohli was back to his explosive best, especially in one-day international cricket.
Virat Kohli’s Resurgence in 2023: A Remarkable Return to Form in ODI Cricket
In 2023, Virat Kohli was back to his very productive peak, especially in ODI cricket. Following a nearly three-year period of bad form in 2022—marked by a dearth of international hundreds in any format—Kohli has one of his most prolific years to date in 2023. In 35 international innings, he amassed 2048 runs at an average of 66.06, including eight century and ten half-centuries.
This year in ODI cricket, Virat Kohli shattered several records (ANI)
Three of them centuries came from the 2023 World Cup alone, and six more from ODI cricket. He became the first player to score 50 hundreds in One-Day International cricket after breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in the format. Kohli seems to be in a good place psychologically, which is fantastic news for him and the Indian cricket team, according to former England skipper Nasser Hussain.
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“He had an incredible World Cup and an incredible 2023. Hussain said on ICC, “Actually, we didn’t concentrate on how good he was batting technically—for all the records he broke and the attention he received. During the World Cup, Kohli amassed an incredible 765 runs at an average of 95.62 in 11 innings. As a result, he broke Tendulkar’s record of the most runs scored by a player in a single World Cup edition.
“That is the best Virat bat I have ever seen. The first thing that sounds good. I can think of probably five innings from the Mumbai innings against Sri Lanka, but he was getting into such excellent situations. That, in my opinion, indicates that Kohli is in a good mental place and that his game is in order, which is incredibly encouraging for supporters of Virat Kohli, India, and the Indian team,” he added.
In South Africa’s most recent Test match against India, Kohli seemed to be carrying over this form into the game. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer combined for 68 runs in the first innings on a challenging wicket, with Kohli scoring 38 in 64 balls. In the second innings, he was almost the only player left for India as they were defeated for a mere 131 runs. Of the two Indian batsmen to knock in double figures, Kohli was the last player to go, having struck 76 off 82 balls. Shubman Gill was the other, scoring 26 out of 37.