Virat Kohli overtakes Sachin Tendulkar’s records of the most ODI centuries as he scores a ton against New Zealand at the 2023 ICC World Cup semi-final match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday (November 15). In the same innings, he also set the record for the most runs and the most 50-plus scores in a World Cup.
Virat Kohli 50th ODI Century, ICC World Cup 2023: Ace India batsman Virat Kohli scripted new chapters in the history books of world cricket as he became the first batsman to score 50 ODI centuries when he cracked a ton against New Zealand in the semi-final match of the World Cup in Mumbai on Wendesday (November 15, 2023). He overtook Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries in Onedayers. In the same innings, Kohli also improved on Sachin’s records of the most runs and the most 50-plus scores in a single edition of the World Cup. Playing in the first semi-final of the 2023 World Cup on Wednesday, Kohli scored his eighth 50-plus score, overtaking Tendulkar and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. While Tendulkar scored seven 50-plus scores at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, Shakib joined the Indian master with equal number of 50-plus scores at the 2019 World Cup in England.
Apart from that, Kohli also broke Tendulkar’s 20-year record, overtaking him as the batsman with the most runs in a World Cup. Tendulkar had scored 673 runs in 11 innings at the 2003 World Cup.
At present, Virat Kohli has the same number of centuries in ODIs as Tendulkar at 49. However, with Kohli batting at 81 runs at the time of writing this report, he appears within the reach of breaking this record too.
Most centuries in ODIs
Virat Kohli overtook Tendulkar’s record of most centuries in ODI cricket when he scored a ton at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Kohli also become the first cricketer in ODI cricket to score 50 centuries.
Most runs in a World Cup
Tendulkar achieved this mark when he scored 673 runs in 11 matches at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
Tendulkar scored one century and six half-centuries at an average of 61.18 and a strike rate of 89.25.
Not just surpassing Tendulkar’s feat, Kohli also improved on the record of Rohit Sharma.
Rohit scored 648 runs in nine matches with a record five centuries and one fifty at the 2015 World Cup.
Most 50-plus scores in a World Cup
Playing against Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday, Kohli had equalled Tendulkar and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan’s record of the most 50-plus scores (7 each) in a world cup.
With a 50-plus score on Wednesday, he is now on top.