Kohli’s Cricketing Triumph: A Symphony of Records Unveiled in World Cup 2023 Semi-Final

Breaking Boundaries, Surpassing Legends – Virat Kohli's Unforgettable Journey to his 50th ODI Century

In a historic showdown in the World Cup 2023 semi-final against New Zealand, Virat Kohli not only ended his semi-final jinx but etched his name in cricket history by slamming his 50th ODI ton. This remarkable feat not only secured India’s strong position in the match but also propelled Kohli past the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, breaking twin world records.

Setting the Stage:

The clash at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium witnessed an impressive start for India, with captain Rohit Sharma‘s aggressive play dominating the Kiwi pacers in the powerplay. However, Rohit’s departure in the 8th over marked a shift in momentum, setting the stage for Virat Kohli to play a masterful anchor role.

Virat Kohli’s Record-breaking Run

Virat Kohli’s performance in the 2023 World Cup reached unprecedented heights when he crafted a dazzling half-century in just 59 balls against New Zealand. This remarkable innings marked Kohli’s eighth fifty-plus score in the tournament, surpassing Tendulkar’s record of seven half-centuries in the 2003 World Cup. Adding to the awe, Kohli achieved this milestone in just 10 innings, one less than the 11 innings it took Tendulkar in 2003.

Surpassing Sachin

After securing his 72nd ODI half-century, Virat Kohli set his sights on surpassing Tendulkar’s monumental record. A resilient partnership with Shreyas Iyer and an earlier stand with the retired hurt Shubman Gill pushed India towards a challenging total. In the 33rd over, Kohli’s single off Glenn Phillips propelled him past Tendulkar’s 674-plus runs in the 2023 World Cup, ending a 20-year record reign.

Century No.50

Entering the nervous nineties in the 36th over, Kohli reached his historic 50th ODI century, becoming the first player in the history of ODI cricket to achieve this feat. Twelve years after carrying Tendulkar on his shoulders after the 2011 World Cup, Kohli surpassed his idol in the very stadium that witnessed their iconic moment.

Legacy and World Cup Campaign

Kohli’s 117 off 113 balls not only secured the highest individual score in the ODI World Cup semi-finals but also solidified his position as the leading run-scorer in the ICC World Cup 2023. With an average exceeding 100, Kohli crossed the 700-run mark, slamming three centuries and six half-centuries in the tournament.

Virat Kohli’s record-breaking century not only defined a pivotal moment in the World Cup semi-final but also showcased his unwavering dominance in the 2023 tournament. Surpassing Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli’s 50th ODI ton stands as a testament to his cricketing prowess. It cements his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats. The Wankhede Stadium will forever bear witness to this historic milestone in Indian cricket.

Ankit Joshi

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