The former Indian skipper and the batting great, Virat Kohli achieved a historic milestone of 50 ODI century with an iconic knock in the ongoing first semi-final of the ODI World Cup 2023, against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kohli surpassed the former legendary Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar who had a world record of 49 ODI centuries to his name.
Meanwhile, the moment was also special for Virat Kohli as previous record holder Sachin Tendulkar himself was also present there in the stands of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to witness this historic moment in the history of ODI cricket. Virat Kohli also bowed down to Sachin Tendulkar while celebrating his 50th ODI century.
Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar's two records in his 117-run knock
Subsequently, the two greats of Indian cricket also hugged each other during the mid-inning break. Furthermore, Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to congratulate Virat Kohli for this historic achievement in ODI cricket; he also recalled the moment Virat was new in the team and team members pranked him into touching Sachin's feet.
“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,” wrote Sachin Tendulkar in a tweet from his official Twitter handle.
“I couldn’t be happier that an Indian broke my record. And to do it on the biggest stage - in the World Cup Semi-final - and at my home ground is the icing on the cake,” he added later.
Here’s a look at the tweet posted by Sachin Tendulkar:
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
Notably, Kohli scored his 50th ODI century just in his 279th innings whereas Sachin Tendulkar had 49 centuries in 452 innings. Apart from that, Kohli also broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar for scoring the highest number of runs in a single ODI World Cup edition.
Here’s how fans reacted to Sachin Tendulkar’s tweet for Virat Kohli:
When he touched your feet, aapne Tathastu bol diya hoga pic.twitter.com/npsYv0BiAu— Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 15, 2023
This is pure gold— Kreately.in (@KreatelyMedia) November 15, 2023
Finally the baton has been passed from Sachin to Kohli pic.twitter.com/DwnqFgbFzK— Syed Irfan Ahmad (@Iam_SyedIrfan) November 15, 2023
❤️— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 15, 2023
TWO HEROES OF INDIAN CRICKET 😎❤️ pic.twitter.com/BGjYxVsKQH— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) November 15, 2023
One for his King, and one for his Queen. 💙 pic.twitter.com/9GSMSI56iC— Vipin Patel (@ImVipinPa29) November 15, 2023
What a moment ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pI4qEbm6Ud— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) November 15, 2023
This is one of the greatest moments in the history of cricket, not just Indian cricket.— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) November 15, 2023
You are the God of Cricket and your prediction had to come come true.
Full marks to Virat Kohli for bowing down in front of you and acknowledging your greatness. pic.twitter.com/Lq1WEWrMsT
Sachin saab, you are always an inspiration, what a moment ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nYFCYrHMJI— Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) November 15, 2023
Two legends in one frame. It's the ceremonial passing of the baton pic.twitter.com/brvg08EK13— Vertigo_Warrior (@VertigoWarrior) November 15, 2023
When GOD tweets ❤️🔥— KARTHIK DP (@dp_karthik) November 15, 2023
TAKE A BOW 🙇🏻 pic.twitter.com/z6zny8ZpoB