Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup first semifinal match between India and New Zealand in Mumbai, India, Wednesday. Kohli hit his record 50th century in one-day internationals at the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday, surpassing the mark he shared with countryman Sachin Tendulkar. (Image: PTI)
Mumbai: Virat Kohli became the first batter in the history of the game to score 50 ODI centuries, going past his idol Sachin Tendulkar during the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand here on Wednesday. Kohli reached the landmark when he worked Kiwis pacer Lockie Ferguson to square leg for a double, moving from 98 to 100.
Kohli, a man with impeccable sense of occasion, achieved the milestone at the Wankhede Stadium with the legendary Tendulkar himself in attendance.
The whole heft of the achievement was magnified by the fact that November 15 also was the last time Tendulkar batted in international match for India, a Test against the West Indies at this venue.
It was here, exactly 10 years ago, that Tendulkar played his last international innings. Nov 15 now has a new meaning. Truly, the baton was passed from Sachin to Virat.