In a historic moment for cricket, Indian batsman Virat Kohli achieved a monumental milestone during the 2023 World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, held at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Kohli not only scored his 50th ODI hundred but also surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in a single ODI World Cup edition.
Kohli’s journey to this remarkable achievement began earlier in the tournament when he equaled Tendulkar’s record of ODI centuries in a match against South Africa at Eden Gardens. His 50th hundred against New Zealand marked a new pinnacle in his illustrious career, establishing him as the first player ever to reach this milestone in one-day internationals.
2023 has been a standout year for Kohli, with six centuries to his name. This hundred against New Zealand is his fifth in ODI World Cups and his third in this tournament alone. His World Cup journey started with a bang in 2011 with a century on debut against Bangladesh and continued with a century against Pakistan in 2015. Though he performed well in the 2019 World Cup, he didn’t score any centuries.
Kohli’s consistency and prowess have also made him the third Indian, after Sourav Ganguly and Rohit Sharma, to score centuries in ODI World Cup knockout matches. He broke multiple records held by Sachin Tendulkar, including the most runs and the most fifty-plus scores in a single ODI World Cup edition. He also surpassed Ricky Ponting, moving to the third position for the most runs in one-day internationals.
Throughout the 2023 World Cup, Kohli’s form has been nothing short of sensational. He has scored over fifty in almost every match, with only two exceptions. His innings have included notable performances against Australia, Bangladesh, and New Zealand in the group stages.
Despite a brief slump in form, Kohli’s resurgence has been remarkable. He celebrated his birthday with an equaling of Tendulkar’s tally of ODI hundreds at the Eden Gardens. With 80 international hundreds, he is on track to join Tendulkar as the second cricketer to reach 100 hundreds across all formats.
In 2023, Kohli stands as the second highest run-scorer in one-day internationals, leading the calendar year with the most ODI hundreds. His exceptional talent and dedication continue to set new benchmarks in the world of cricket, further cementing his legacy as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.