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Ponting makes a daring prediction about Tendulkar’s ODI record.

Ponting makes a daring prediction about Tendulkar’s ODI record.

Ricky Ponting of Australia has backed India sensation Virat Kohli to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI centuries during the current ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Kohli has already surpassed Tendulkar’s long-standing record of 47 hundreds in 282 one-day internationals.

The India legend set a record of 49 tons in 463 ODIs while also amassing the most runs in the 50-over format (18,426).

Kohli looked set to equal Tendulkar’s century while leading India to a six-wicket victory over Australia until he was dismissed for 85.

However, with at least eight more ODIs for India before the World Cup in 2023, Ponting believes Kohli will break the record during the tournament on home soil.

“I believe he will. “I think he’ll get two hundreds, but whether he gets three is another question,” Australia legend Ponting said on the latest episode of The ICC Review podcast.

“However, the venues, wickets, and grounds in India are just so conducive to scoring and making big runs.”

“Who knows with him; it’s likely to be his final World Cup as well.”

“If he gets that mindset, and we saw that he’s in pretty good touch, and we know how hungry he is.” He is a winner who desires success for himself and his team.

“There is every chance at the end of this World Cup he could be equal with, if not breaking Sachin’s record, which is remarkable within itself.”

The right-hander has two hundreds in previous Cricket World Cups, including a century* against Bangladesh in 2011.

Kohli scored his first ODI century in December 2009 against Sri Lanka, and he most recently reached three figures in the format with 122* against Pakistan last month.

Between August 2019 and December 2022, the 34-year-old went without an ODI century, but he has since added four hundreds in 15 innings.

“It’s incredible to have 49 one-day international hundreds. But he deserves it because he works hard,” Ponting explained.

“You watch him even in the field, game one, and he just looks ultra fit, ready to compete every time.”

Between August 2019 and December 2022, the 34-year-old went without an ODI century, but he has since added four hundreds in 15 innings.

“It’s incredible to have 49 one-day international hundreds. But he deserves it because he works hard,” Ponting explained.

“You watch him in the field, even in game one, and he just looks ultra fit, ready to compete every ball, whether it’s in the field or with these batting hands.” So I’d never dismiss him.”

After reaching 5,517 runs in the win over Australia, Kohli has already surpassed Tendulkar for the most runs in successful pursuits in ODIs during this Cricket World Cup.

The chase master has batted in the second innings for 26 of his 47 ODI centuries, with 22 of those hundreds helping India to victory.

Ponting was adamant that Kohli would be his first choice to chase down a target in the second innings of an ODI.

“His record speaks for itself, when you get hundreds chasing, most of those in winning causes,” Ponting went on to say.

“He’d be my first pick by the length of the straight.”

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