India’s Virat Kohli scored a report fiftieth one-day worldwide hundred when he reached three figures within the World Cup semi-ultimate towards New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday, hailing the landmark as being “like a dream”. Kohli, 35, reached his century — his third of the match — with a two off quick bowler Lockie Ferguson, having confronted 106 balls, hitting eight fours and a six, to interrupt the report of 49 ODI a whole bunch he had shared with Sachin Tendulkar. He did so on his former India staff-mate’s dwelling floor, with Tendulkar amongst these applauding on the Wankhede Stadium as Kohli bowed in direction of his childhood hero and fellow 2011 World Cup-winner. “It feels like a dream. Too good to be true,” mentioned Kohli on the innings break after India piled up 397-4. This was Kohli’s 279th ODI innings, with the previous India captain having additionally scored an additional 71 fifties along with his 50 a whole bunch.
Dropped on 107, Kohli was ultimately out for 117 when he pulled Tim Southee low to Devon Conway at deep sq. leg.
“For me the most important thing is to make my team win. I’ve been given a role this tournament and I’m trying to dig deep,” added Kohli.
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“That’s the key to consistency – play according to the situation and play for the team.”
Tendulkar, whose earlier report of 49 had been equalled by Kohli 10 days in the past within the group stage win over South Africa, hailed his compatriot’s “passion and skill”.
“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,” Tendulkar wrote on X, previously Twitter.
“But soon, you touched my heart with your passion and skill. I couldn’t be happier that an Indian broke my record.
“And to do it on the most important stage – within the World Cup semi-ultimate – and at my dwelling floor is the icing on the cake.”
Kohli said he was over-joyed to achieve the record in front of his wife, Anushka Sharma, and Tendulkar
“Sachin was there within the stands, my hero. My life associate and all these followers on the Wankhede,” said Kohli.
India, bidding to win a third World Cup title and second on home soil, were also boosted by Shreyas Iyer’s 105 and 80 from Shubman Gill.
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