In a historic World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai, Virat Kohli etched his name in cricket history by achieving two monumental milestones, eclipsing records set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli’s prolific batmanship propelled him to become the first player to reach the remarkable feat of 50 One Day International (ODI) centuries, surpassing Tendulkar’s iconic 49.
Not only did Kohli rewrite the century record, but he also outshone Tendulkar in another aspect. Kohli 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. Tendulkar had set the previous record with 673 runs in 2003.
What adds to the significance of Kohli’s achievement is the efficiency with which he reached these milestones. In just 277 innings, Kohli attained his 50th century, showcasing his prowess and consistency. The momentous occasion came 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 sealed India’s place in the final but also solidified Kohli’s legacy as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of ODI cricket.