In an unprecedented feat, Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar’s record by securing his 50th ODI century during the World Cup 2023 semifinal against New Zealand. This landmark achievement was reached in 106 balls, including 8 fours and a six, propelling Kohli to the forefront of cricketing history.
This milestone also marks his eighth fifty-plus score in this World Cup edition, setting a new record for the highest in a single competition. Kohli’s remarkable performance further extends to achieving the highest run total in a single World Cup edition, surpassing Tendulkar’s previous record. With India and New Zealand both maintaining their unbeaten status, the match was a critical showdown.
The toss, won by Rohit Sharma, favored India to bat first, aligning with the trend observed at the Wankhede Stadium, where teams batting first have largely emerged victorious. This historic moment in cricket underscores Kohli’s exceptional talent and consistency, solidifying his status as one of the game’s all-time greats.