In a historic World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand in Mumbai, Virat Kohli etched his name into cricket history, achieving two monumental milestones that surpassed records set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli’s exceptional batting prowess propelled him to become the first player to attain the remarkable feat of 50 One Day International (ODI) centuries, surpassing Tendulkar’s iconic 49.
Kohli not only rewrote the century record but also outshone Tendulkar in another significant aspect. He broke Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup, accumulating a staggering 700 runs during the tournament, surpassing Tendulkar’s previous record of 673 runs set in 2003.
What adds immense significance to Kohli’s achievement is the efficiency with which he reached these milestones. In just 277 innings, Kohli achieved his 50th century, showcasing his extraordinary prowess and consistent performance. The historic moment occurred in the 42nd over of India’s innings during the semi-final when Kohli elegantly flicked the ball for two off Lockie Ferguson. This innings not only secured India’s place in the final but also solidified Kohli’s legacy as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of ODI cricket.