After completing the group stage, the World Cup reached into the semifinal stage. India and New Zealand are playing the first semifinal clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This rivalry has a whole different vibe. They met in previous ICC knockouts but India had hard luck on that. But in this match, India is playing outstandingly well. Kohli completed his 50th century. Sir Viv Richards praised him for his excellence.
Kohli’s Magnificent Form:
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the greatest batters of all time. He is in killer form in this World Cup. In the first semifinal against New Zealand, he scored his 50th ODI ton. That was one of the best moments of the match. The world witnessed another masterclass of him. He played an excellent knock of 117 runs in 113 balls. That innings was contained with 9 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries. After completing the century, he bowed down to Sachin Tendulkar, his idol. Fans are mesmerized by that inning.
In this World Cup, he is in great form. He has scored 2 more centuries against Bangladesh and South Africa. Apart from those, he played so many match-winning knocks. In the first match against Australia, he played a responsible innings of 85 runs. That helped India to win the match. Against New Zealand, he played an excellent knock of 95 runs. That made India win that match.
Viv Richards on Kohli:
King Kohli earned praise from all over the world. But he faced a tough time in their career in 2021-22. That time was hard for him. He was not scoring runs. After scoring the 71st century in 2019, he remained century-less almost for 2 years. Finally, in the Asia Cup, he scored the 72nd century. During a hard time, he was criticized badly—questions were raised over his career.
After the 72nd century, he transformed into something. He is in excellent form after that. West Indies legend Viv Richards praised him for his masterclass. While doing the commentary, he said, “ Some people were calling for the head of Kohli when he went through tough times, common sense didn’t prevail.”