Kohli scored his 50th ODI century in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023 against New Zealand.
Kohli’s century came off 113 balls and was his highest score in a knockout game of an ICC tournament.
Kohli now has 80 international centuries, with 50 in ODIs, 29 in Tests, and one in T20Is.
In a cricketing spectacle at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Virat Kohli etched his name in the annals of cricket history by notching up his 50th ODI century during the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023 against New Zealand.
The 35-year-old batsman reached this remarkable milestone in his 291st match (279th innings), surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved his 49th century in 452 innings.
The historic moment unfolded in the 42nd over, with Kohli facing a delivery from Lockie Ferguson. A shot towards deep back square leg, followed by a swift two-run dash between the wickets, marked the creation of history, as Kohli bowed down in acknowledgment of the feat, with Tendulkar clapping in appreciation from the stands.
Virat Kohli now boasts an impressive tally of 80 international centuries, with 50 in ODIs, 29 in Tests, and one in T20Is. As the list of ODI centurions expands, Rohit Sharma claims the third spot with 31 centuries in 253 innings, followed by Ricky Ponting (30 centuries in 365 innings) and Sanath Jayasuriya (28 centuries in 433 innings).
In the ongoing World Cup, Kohli further solidified his position as the highest run-scorer, accumulating 709 runs at a staggering average of 118.16, featuring three centuries and five half-centuries. The Indian innings concluded, setting a formidable 398-run target for Kane Williamson’s men, who are eyeing a spot in successive World Cup finals.
Kohli’s stellar knock of 117 off 113 balls spearheaded India’s innings, complemented by an explosive performance from Shreyas Iyer, who scored 105 runs with 12 boundaries, four fours, and eight sixes. The momentum was briefly halted as Shubman Gill retired hurt after amassing an impressive 79 runs due to cramps.
As cricket enthusiasts around the globe revel in this historic moment, all eyes are now on the outcome of the high-stakes semi-final, with India aiming for a place in the World Cup final.
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