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WATCH: Virat Kohli receives a warm hug from cricket legends after scoring his historic 50th ODI century – ODI World Cup 2023

In a historic cricketing showdown, the world witnessed a moment transcending the boundaries of time and cricketing greatness. Virat Kohli, the modern maestro of the Indian cricket team, etched his name in the annals of history by scoring his 50th ODI century during the India versus New Zealand semifinal encounter in the ODI World Cup 2023.

In this remarkable feat, Virat surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar‘s long-standing record of 49 ODI centuries, making it a prodigious occasion that left cricket aficionados in awe.

Virat Kohli’s memorable knock

In the high-stakes encounter against the Black Caps, the stage was set at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, where the electrifying atmosphere added to the intensity of the moment. The pressure was immense, and the stakes were high, but Kohli’s grace and flair shone through as he played a thumping knock, amassing 117 runs in just 113 balls. The right-handed batter’s innings, adorned with nine fours and two towering sixes, showcased his technical skills and ability to rise to the occasion in crucial matches.

Kohli’s heroics propelled the Men in Blue to a monstrous total of 397/4 in 50 overs. In their pursuit of the massive target, the Kane Williamson-led side got bundled out for 327 in 48.5 overs, ultimately paving the way for a very important victory for the hosts.

Getting praise from the legends

As Kohli achieved the massive accomplishment, the cricketing fraternity responded with a gesture of warmth and respect. Legends of the game, including Sachin, Sir Vivian Richards and Virender Sehwag, embraced the 35-year-old with a congratulatory hug. This symbolic moment transcended rivalries and showcased the camaraderie and mutual respect that define the spirit of cricket.

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Here is the video:

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