During a historic World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai, Virat Kohli secured his place in cricket history by achieving two monumental milestones, surpassing records set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli’s outstanding batting skills propelled him to become the first player to achieve the remarkable feat of 50 One Day International (ODI) centuries, exceeding Tendulkar’s iconic 49.
Kohli not only redefined the century record but also outperformed Tendulkar in another aspect. He broke Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup, amassing a staggering 700 runs during the tournament. Tendulkar had previously set the record with 673 runs in 2003.
Highlighting 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 remarkable prowess and consistency. The momentous occasion 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 cemented Kohli’s legacy as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of ODI cricket.