Virat Kohli got 2023 off to an explosive start by scoring his 45th ODI century and leading India to a 67-run victory. His second straight century in this format indicates that, after more than three years of difficulty, he is once again returning to his ruthless best in white-ball cricket.

In addition, Kohli’s first century in T20 Internationals in more than three years was also his maiden international century. He smashed the record for the highest score by an Indian in a T20I match with an undefeated 122 in only 61 balls. This occurred in a dead rubber match of the 2022 Asia Cup against an Afghanistan team that was already eliminated, which left many to question whether Kohli’s early success was merely a mirage.

By hitting the two ODI hundreds, he has subsequently shown that it was no one-off, and he is now only four tonnes away from tying Tendulkar’s record for most in the format. Salman Butt, a former captain of Pakistan, criticized those who questioned the legitimacy of Kohli’s century against Afghanistan, saying that the cricketer is now demonstrating his talent.

At the Asia Cup, he struck a century against Afghanistan, according to Butt’s YouTube account. “Their bowling assault is potent. How many batters have faced them and scored a century? Every time Kohli makes a century, people often comment that it is a weak squad or a flat track. He has performed it 73 times. I’m not sure why certain fans act in this manner. He’s a cricketing genius, man.”

Butt also discussed Kohli’s outstanding performance against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup, which enabled India to come back and win the game in the face of almost insurmountable odds. During the T20 World Cup, “Virat Kohli’s innings against Pakistan was a remarkable one,” he said. “Playing in such a way is never simple, particularly if your form is suffering. A player advances to the next level after such blows.”

In 53 balls, Kohli scored an unbeatable 82 points. Kohli scored the majority of the 28 runs that India needed to win off the last eight balls to achieve a thrilling triumph.