In a historic moment at the Wankhede Stadium during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli, the Indian batting maestro, etched his name in the annals of cricket history by surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of the most One Day International (ODI) centuries.
Virat Kohli smashes his 50th ODI century
Facing off against New Zealand, Kohli played a sublime inning, showcasing his exceptional batting prowess. The Wankhede Stadium, a cauldron of emotions, witnessed a collective eruption of joy as Kohli reached his 50th ODI century, breaking Tendulkar’s longstanding record.
Kohli’s century came in the first semi-final of World Cup 2023, adding to the significance of the achievement. His remarkable feat not only reflects his individual brilliance but also underscores his consistency and dominance in the limited-overs format.
Tendulkar, a cricketing icon, held the record for the most ODI centuries for a significant period, making Kohli’s achievement even more monumental. The fans and celebs – Anushka Sharma, David Beckham, Kiara Advani, Sidharth Malhotra, John Abraham, Nia Sharma, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Ranbir Kapoor – present at the Wankhede Stadium erupted into cheers, acknowledging the Delhi lad’s remarkable contribution to Indian cricket.
Kiara and David Beckham cheering on 50 th Odi century 😭 pic.twitter.com/uet7kALrT9
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Kohli’s achievement reverberated across the cricketing world, with fans, fellow players and Bollywood actors applauding the former India captain’s exceptional skill and dedication.
India finish on 397/4
Riding on an exceptional 50th ODI century from Kohli and a dazzling quick 105 by Shreyas Iyer, with a finishing flourish from KL Rahul, India finished their innings at 397/4 in 50 overs.
Earlier in the day, India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat first in the knockout clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Both teams decided to stick with their chosen playing elevens for this crucial match in the tournament.