In a historic moment at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Virat Kohli has etched his name in cricketing history by becoming the first batsman in the world to score 50 centuries in One Day Internationals (ODIs). Breaking the iconic record of his compatriot Sachin Tendulkar, who held the record with 49 centuries, Kohli achieved this milestone in the semifinal match against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium.
The 35-year-old cricketing maestro reached his 50th ODI century with a two off fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, having faced 106 balls, including eight fours and a six. His virtually chanceless innings showcased his unwavering skill and determination on his former teammate's home ground, with Tendulkar himself among those applauding at the Wankhede Stadium.
Kohli's remarkable feat also includes surpassing Tendulkar's record for the most runs in a single World Cup. He went past Tendulkar's 673 runs, which the cricket legend achieved in the 2003 World Cup, further solidifying his status as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
Earlier in the tournament, Kohli marked his 49th ODI century on his 35th birthday, demonstrating his prowess against South Africa's formidable bowling lineup. Facing six different bowlers, Kohli's masterful innings at the Eden Gardens ground, supported by Shreyas Iyer's contribution of 77 runs, propelled India to a massive total of 326/5.
The significance of Kohli's achievement goes beyond personal records, as it underscores his consistency, adaptability, and dominance on the world stage. His ability to perform under pressure in crucial matches, such as the World Cup semifinal, showcases his leadership and resilience, inspiring cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
As cricket fans celebrate Kohli's historic milestone, the debate about his place in the pantheon of cricketing legends intensifies. With records tumbling and milestones being reached, Virat Kohli's journey continues to captivate the cricketing world, leaving an indelible mark on the sport's history.