Virat Kohli, the maestro of modern-day cricket, reaches a historic milestone, slamming his 50th ODI century against New Zealand in the World Cup 2023 semifinal. The former Indian captain achieved this remarkable feat in just his 279th ODI inning, etching his name in cricketing history.
Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record, Kohli’s 50th century comes in the 42nd over of India’s innings, a double off Lockie Ferguson. The former India captain had equalled Tendulkar’s record with his 49th century on his 35th birthday against South Africa at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Rohit Sharma’s decision proves daunting for New Zealand as the Indian batters launch a relentless assault. By the time Kohli notched his 50th century, Team India stood at an imposing 303 runs for the loss of just 1 wicket, with 8 overs still to spare.
Virat Kohli’s prolific form in the World Cup 2023 reaches unprecedented heights as he not only secures his 50th ODI century but also breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing record for the most runs in a single edition of the tournament. Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 runs during the 2003 World Cup, where India lost to Australia in the final, now takes a backseat as Kohli surpasses it with his exceptional run tally in the ongoing World Cup.
Kohli’s International Prowess
Virat Kohli’s century against New Zealand is not only his 50th ODI ton but also his 80th international hundred. This places him second only to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who concluded his illustrious career with 100 international hundreds.
Kohli’s relentless pursuit of excellence and his ability to break records underlines his status as one of cricket’s modern greats. The Indian captain’s feat adds a new chapter to his unmatched legacy, leaving cricket enthusiasts in awe of his extraordinary skills.