Virat Kohli scored a record-breaking 50th ODI century, going past Sachin Tendulkar, during the semi-final of the 2023 ODI World Cup against New Zealand in Mumbai. Kohli brought up his ton off 105 balls, with a flick for two off Lockie Ferguson in the 42nd over of India's innings. Here's how the cricketing world reacted to the feat:
The first time I met you in the Indian dressing room, you were pranked by other teammates into touching my feet. I couldn't stop laughing that day. But soon, you touched my heart with your passion and skill. I am so happy that that young boy has grown into a 'Virat' player.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 15, 2023
We live in @imVkohli era . Congratulations emperor.— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) November 15, 2023
Today, @imVkohli has not just scored his 50th ODI century but has also exemplified the spirit of excellence and perseverance that defines the best of sportsmanship.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 15, 2023
This remarkable milestone is a testament to his enduring dedication and exceptional talent.
I extend heartfeltâ¦ pic.twitter.com/MZKuQsjgsR
What a moment! What an ocassion for Virat to create history- 50th ODI 100, and in a World Cup Semi-final with his batting hero Sachin watching from the stands. Absolute champion #InsvsNZ— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 15, 2023
Kohli brought up the ton in the presence of Tendulkar, who was applauding him from the stands at the Wankhede. The hundred was Kohli's third of this World Cup to go with five half-centuries in ten innings.
Here's the moment we've all been waiting for! @ImVkohli, the maestro, crafting another magnificent century & achieving the milestone of scoring most centuries in one day cricket! Absolute brilliance, King Kohli! #INDvsNZ #ODIWorldcup2023 pic.twitter.com/ibcwfOHpm2—Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 15, 2023
Virat Kohli with a great sense of occasion befitting a great player moves to ODI century No 50 in ICC World Cup Semi-Final 2023. Under the gaze of Sachin Tendulkar, Sir Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, David Beckham and several sporting icons. Wankede is a special venue pic.twitter.com/JsYlrqin2g— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) November 15, 2023
Unbelievable what a cricketer!! Virat Kohli on the biggest stage gets that magical numberâ¦50 x He now stands alone at the top. I reckon he still have one more in him before the end of this tournament— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) November 15, 2023
Kohli had brought up the record-leveling 49th ODI century earlier in the World Cup, scoring a match-winning 101 not out off 121 balls against South Africa in Kolkata on his birthday on November 5. Among current active players, India captain Rohit Sharma is behind Kohli on the list of most hundreds with 31 tons.