Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former India all-rounder and head coach Ravi Shastri has backed star batsman Virat Kohli to shatter Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s century of centuries record in international cricket.

Kohli smashed his 50th One Day International (ODI) century in the first semifinal match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against New Zealand to eclipse batting legend Tendulkar.

“Who would have thought when Sachin Tendulkar got 100 hundreds that anyone would come close? And, he’s got 80; 80 international hundreds, 50 of them in the one-day game, which makes him the highest. Unreal,” said Shastri during an interview.

“Nothing is impossible because such players, when they start reeling off hundreds, then they score them pretty quickly. His next 10 innings, you might see another five hundreds. You have three formats of the game, and he is part of all those formats. To think that he still has three or four years of cricket ahead of him is simply mind-boggling,” he added.

Notably, former great Sachin is the only batter to have 100 centuries under his belt in international cricket.