New Delhi: Virat Kohli, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, has a remarkable record in World Cup opening matches. He has scored a century in both of India's opening matches in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.
In 2011, Kohli scored an unbeaten 100 off 83 balls against Bangladesh in Mirpur. He added 203 runs for the third wicket with Virender Sehwag to help India post a mammoth 370/4. India went on to win the match by 87 runs.
In 2015, Kohli scored 107 off 126 balls against Pakistan in Adelaide. He shared a 122-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan for the second wicket to help India lay the foundation for a victory. India went on to win the match by 76 runs.
Kohli's centuries in World Cup opening matches have helped India get off to winning starts in both tournaments. He is one of the most feared batsmen in the world and his presence at the top of the order is a huge boost for India.
Badly missed out today on a very well deserving century, the greatest of world cricket!
Kohli narrowly missed out on a century in India's opening match of the 2023 World Cup against England on October 8, 2023. He was dismissed for 95 off 98 balls. However, his innings helped India post a competitive total of 275/9. India went on to lose the match by 10 wickets, but Kohli's performance was a positive sign for the team.
Kohli is one of the most consistent batsmen in the world and his performances in World Cups have been exemplary. He is sure to play a key role in India's quest for a third World Cup title.