Virat Kohli achieved a momentous milestone in the cricketing realm, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to secure a monumental world record by notching up his 50th ODI century. The former captain of the Indian cricket team showcased his prowess in a formidable manner during the Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium against New Zealand.
Kohli’s scintillating innings saw him reach the century mark in 106 balls, embellished with 8 fours and a six. Entering the match with a shared record of 49 centuries with Sachin, Kohli’s nearly flawless performance etched his name into the annals of cricket history. Furthermore, this achievement marked Kohli’s eighth fifty-plus score in the 2023 World Cup, setting a new record for the most such scores in a single edition of the competition.
Watch King Kohli’s century:
Only Virat Kohli fans are allowed to like thispic.twitter.com/KiDm6Aonrv— leisha (@katyxkohli17) November 15, 2023
Adding to his accolades, Kohli also seized another World Cup record previously held by Tendulkar. He emerged as the batsman with the highest runs in a single edition of the Cricket World Cup, accumulating a staggering 674 runs in the 2023 tournament. This feat overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s 2019 record of 648 runs and David Warner’s 647 runs in the same edition.
Here are some Twitter reactions post Virat’s century:
Looks like this match will break the record for the highest concurrent viewership.#IndiaVsNewZealand— Divya Raj (@divya_50) November 15, 2023
With 4.7 crore concurrent viewers, the India vs. New Zealand league match is the most-viewed event in the world. #INDvsNZ #ViratKohli𓃵
क्विश्व कप क्रिकेट के सेमीफाइनल में शतक लगा कर अंतर्राष्ट्रीय एकदिवसीय मैचों में 50 शतक लगाने का कीर्तिमान रचने वाले महान बल्लेबाज श्री@imVkohli जी को हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं l#INDvsNZ #ViratKohli𓃵 pic.twitter.com/nbKF7SowR9— Satya Narain Singh🇮🇳 (@Satyanarainsing) November 15, 2023
In those heartfelt hugging moments between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, history embraces legacy, and a passing of the cricketing torch becomes a living tale. Here's to the shared passion for the sport and the bond between cricketing legends. 🏏🤗#INDvsNZ#ViratKohli𓃵 pic.twitter.com/PmeCFcM9ZG— Digital Doctor👨⚕️ (@AlwaysAbhishekk) November 15, 2023
#ViratKohli𓃵— Abid hossain (@iamabid_1) November 15, 2023
Ek DAUR NIKAL GEYA
AUR DUSRE DAUR KI SHURUWAT HUI
Virat Kohli a legend of cricket 👑
Virat King Kohli 🤴🤴#ViratKohli #Cricket #CricketWorldCup2023 #CWC2023 #CWC2023INDIA #INDvsNZ #50thcentury #century #WorldCup2023 pic.twitter.com/476GiUJ2dg
In the context of the semi-final, Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian team, won the toss and opted to bat against New Zealand. The decision aligned with the prevailing trend at the Wankhede Stadium, where three out of the four preceding tournament games saw success for the team batting first. Both unbeaten hosts, India, and New Zealand fielded unchanged line-ups, setting the stage for a highly anticipated clash.