Virat Kohli achieved the milestone by playing a double to square leg off Kiwi bowler Lockie Ferguson, taking his score from 98 to 100. In a historic moment during the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, Virat Kohli made history by becoming the first player ever to score 50 ODI centuries. Surpassing his idol Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli reached this remarkable milestone by hitting a double off Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson to square leg, taking his score from 98 to 100. This extraordinary achievement took place at the Wankhede Stadium, with the legendary Tendulkar himself present to witness this momentous occasion.
During India’s semifinal against New Zealand
The magnitude of the accomplishment was amplified by the additional detail that November 15 marked Sachin Tendulkar’s final appearance in an international match for India, specifically a Test match against the West Indies at this particular venue.
During India’s semifinal against New Zealand, Kohli achieved the remarkable feat of surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup, becoming the highest scorer in a single edition of the tournament. Additionally, he also claimed the title of the highest run-getter of this particular World Cup, surpassing Quinton de Kock’s 591 runs and Rachin Ravindra’s 565 runs. Furthermore, Kohli’s exceptional performance places him third on the list of players with the most 50-plus scores in international cricket, with Tendulkar leading the pack with 264 and Ponting following closely with 217. Kohli himself has also achieved 217 such scores.
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