In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar‘s record for the most ODI hundreds, achieving his 50th century during India’s semi-final against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Tendulkar, who had concluded his illustrious career with 49 ODI centuries, expressed in various interviews his desire for a compatriot to break his records.
Kohli fulfilled this wish after 11 years by securing his 50th century in the semi-finals. The momentous occasion took place with Tendulkar present at Wankhede Stadium. As Kohli reached the three-figure mark, the Delhi batsman acknowledged Tendulkar’s applause with a bow, symbolizing respect for his idol.
The significance of breaking Tendulkar’s record was not lost on Kohli, and the timing of achieving this feat in Tendulkar’s presence added a poignant touch to the historic moment. In preparation for the ODI World Cup 2023 finals against Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, Tendulkar presented Kohli with his iconic No. 10 jersey—the same jersey Tendulkar wore during his final ODI appearance.
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Sachin Tendulkar presented Virat kohli his signed India jersey ahead of the final.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 19, 2023
– This is lovely gesture. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/BW1e4M8Rus
This gesture marked a passing of the torch from one cricket legend to another, symbolizing continuity and camaraderie within the Indian cricket fraternity. The shared history of Tendulkar and Kohli extends beyond individual achievements, as they were both integral parts of the Indian team that clinched the ODI World Cup in 2011.
With Tendulkar now a spectator in the stands, the 50-year-old icon eagerly anticipates witnessing Rohit Sharma’s team face Australia in a highly-awaited clash at the world’s largest cricket stadium, Narendra Modi Stadium. The stakes are high as India aims to overcome the five-time champions, promising a cricketing spectacle that transcends generations and epitomizes the spirit of the sport.