In a spectacular display of batting prowess, former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has etched his name in the record books, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s longstanding record for the most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup. Kohli achieved this milestone during his innings against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, further solidifying his reputation as one of the greatest players in the modern era.
The 35-year-old maestro surpassed Tendulkar’s impressive 673-run mark with a single against New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips, adding another feather to his illustrious cap. Kohli’s exceptional performance in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup has not only propelled India to the semi-finals but has also set several individual records.
During his unbeaten innings, Kohli not only broke Tendulkar’s record from the 2003 World Cup but also became the highest run-scorer of the current tournament. His consistent and impactful performances have played a pivotal role in India’s undefeated run to the semi-finals, where they will face off against New Zealand for a coveted spot in the final.
In addition to breaking Tendulkar’s record, Kohli achieved the distinction of becoming the third Indian batsman to score over 600 runs in a single World Cup. This remarkable feat highlights Kohli’s exceptional form and his ability to deliver under pressure on the world stage.
Kohli’s record-breaking innings on Wednesday also saw him score his 72nd ODI half-century and eighth of the current World Cup. He later converted that into a memorable 50th ODI hundred. This remarkable achievement not only set a new record for the most 50-plus scores in a World Cup edition but also surpassed the previous records held by Tendulkar and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.
As the semi-finals approach, cricket enthusiasts around the world are eagerly anticipating Kohli’s further contributions in the tournament. His performances not only demonstrate his individual brilliance but also play a crucial role in India’s pursuit of the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup title.
While Kohli’s accomplishments on the field are being celebrated, it’s worth noting the controversy surrounding the pitch for the India vs. New Zealand semi-final match. Reports have emerged that the Indian Cricket Board requested a ‘slower’ pitch for the semi-final clash, a move that has sparked outrage among cricket fans. Many argue that such requests should not influence an international event, especially considering the tournament is ICC controlled.
Despite the off-field controversies, the focus remains on Kohli’s exceptional cricketing skills as he continues to script his own legacy in the annals of cricket history. The upcoming semi-final clash promises to be a high-stakes encounter, and fans can expect Kohli to lead from the front, aiming for more milestones and, ultimately, the coveted World Cup trophy.