India and Pakistan captains, Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam before their Asia Cup match. (File photo: Twitter)
In the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match, cricket fans are eagerly awaiting a clash of titans. This much-anticipated encounter is set to take place at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, September 10, at 3 PM IST, although rain could potentially play spoilsport once again, much like their previous group stage match which ended in a frustrating no-result with both teams gaining a point each.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two stalwarts of the Indian cricket team, are gearing up for this crucial game. In their previous Group A match against Pakistan, both Kohli and Sharma faced early dismissals. In this Super 4 showdown, they have their sights set on making amends by delivering stellar batting performances.
Rohit Sharma, India's versatile captain across all formats, recently returned to form with a brilliant 74 not out off 59 balls against Nepal. He is now just 78 runs away from a significant milestone: joining the elite club of Indian cricketers who have scored 10,000 or more runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). This club currently includes the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni. With 9,922 runs to his name in 246 ODIs at an impressive average of 48.87, Rohit Sharma, the only Indian to have scored three double centuries in ODIs, could become the 15th cricketer globally to achieve this remarkable feat if he crosses the 10,000-run mark in the IND vs. PAK Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match.
Virat Kohli, another iconic figure in Indian cricket, is closing in on a significant record of his own. Having played 277 ODIs for India, he requires just 98 runs to reach the 13,000-run mark in ODIs. If he manages to accomplish this milestone during the upcoming match, he will join an exclusive club comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, and Sanath Jayasuriya. Additionally, if Kohli reaches 13,000 ODI runs in this game, he will surpass the great Sachin Tendulkar as the fastest cricketer to achieve this feat. Sachin achieved the milestone after playing in over 300 ODI innings, whereas Kohli has reached the same milestone in 277 ODIs, highlighting his exceptional batting prowess.
As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await this clash between India and Pakistan, all eyes will be on these two formidable Indian batsmen, Kohli and Sharma, as they aim to etch their names in the annals of cricket history with their remarkable achievements in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match.