In a momentous achievement, Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket maestro, etched his name in history by becoming the first batter to score 50 One Day International (ODI) centuries. This historic feat unfolded during the World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Kohli’s century, celebrated with a leap and a punch in the air, marked an emotional milestone as it occurred in the presence of his wife, Anushka Sharma, and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, whose record he surpassed.
“It’s stuff of dreams…My life partner, the person I love the most, she’s sitting there. My hero, he’s sitting there,” expressed Kohli during the innings break, encapsulating the significance of the moment.
Tendulkar, who had scored his 49th century in his 451st ODI innings, witnessed Kohli’s record-breaking century in only his 279th innings. The accomplishment also saw Kohli surpass Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup, reaching an unprecedented 711 runs in the current tournament.
Reflecting on his performance and team contributions, Kohli stated, “Just to help the team so many times, again, a big game today, I had to kind of play the role I’ve played throughout the tournament so that the guys around me can go and express themselves. Just glad that everything came together so nicely and we put up a great total on the board as well.”
The century, Kohli’s third in this World Cup, played a pivotal role in India’s formidable total of 397 for 4, the highest in a knockout game of a World Cup. Kohli’s consistency and adaptability to the team’s needs have been key to his success, showcasing his commitment to ensuring victories for India.
As the cricket world applauds Kohli’s remarkable achievement, the maestro remains focused on the ultimate goal—leading India to triumph in the ICC World Cup 2023.