Virat Kohli broke the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record by scoring his 50th ODI century during the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023 against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Kohli, 35, reached this feat in his 291st match (279th innings) while Tendulkar scored his 49th century in 452 innings. He celebrated the legendary mark by bowing down in front of The Little Master — who was seen clapping for him in the stands.
Overall, Kohli has now scored 80 international Tons — 50 in ODIs, 29 in Tests and one in T20Is.
In a highly-anticipated showdown, Kohli delivered a sensational performance that enthralled the cricketing world. The moment of glory arrived in the 42nd over when Kohli, facing a delivery from Lockie Ferguson, played a shot towards deep back square leg and ran between the wicket twice to create history.
As the list of ODI centurions continues to expand, Rohit Sharma holds third place with 31 centuries in 253 innings, followed by Ricky Ponting with 30 centuries in 365 innings, and Sanath Jayasuriya with 28 centuries in 433 innings.
Most 100s in ODIs:
50 Virat Kohli (279 innings)
49 Sachin Tendulkar (452)
31 Rohit Sharma (253)
30 Ricky Ponting (365)
28 Sanath Jayasuriya (433)
Kohli is now the highest run scorer of the ongoing World Cup as he has amassed 709 runs at a staggering 118.16 average with three hundred and five half-centuries.
By the time this story was filed, India had concluded their innings, setting a 398-run target for Kane Williamson’s men who are looking forward to qualifying for successive World Cup finals.
Kohli top-scored for the home side with 117 off 113 balls, he was followed by Shreyas Iyer’s explosive knock where he scored 105 runs with 12 boundaries, four fours and eight sixes.
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill retired hurt after scoring 79 runs as he got cramps.