Zaheer Khan said this about Kohli's record-breaking century in India's win against New Zealand!
Virat Kohli created history during India's spectacular win against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ongoing 2023 World Cup in Mumbai on Wednesday. The hosts secured a comfortable 70-run win as New Zealand were bowled out for 327 in 48.5 overs thanks to a brilliant seven-wicket haul from Mohammed Shami. Daryl Mitchell (134) scored a century for the visitors, but it was not enough to challenge India's dominance, resulting in a one-sided victory for the hosts.
India started the match with a huge score of 397/4 in 50 overs and set New Zealand a target of 398 runs. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer both scored centuries, while opener Shubman Gill scored a half-century. Kohli's extraordinary innings of 117 runs off 113 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes, allowed him to surpass Sachin Tendulkar as the cricketer with the most ODI centuries in history. Earlier, Kohli, who was tied with 49 centuries, now stands alone with 50 centuries.
In this tournament, Kohli equalled Sachin's record by scoring three centuries. Additionally, he is currently the leading run-scorer in the competition, with 711 runs in 10 games. Reflecting on India's win, 2011 World Cup-winning team member Zaheer Khan highlighted the emotional significance of Kohli's record-breaking performance in Mumbai.
Zaheer Khan said- "Big achievement. Many years of hard work, determination, and sacrifice. You name it, you know, you play the game for it. Virat is doing a phenomenal job at it by making a habit of scoring centuries. Sachin was there in the stadium so it was an emotional moment for both of them, and they both acknowledged each other, it's something you want to see and the Indian held the record tightly. So you have a -Two people are there to keep the other company."
In the first innings, Iyer displayed his exceptional batting skills by scoring his second century in this tournament. He scored a brilliant 105 runs in just 70 balls, which included four fours and eight sky-high sixes. On the other hand, Gill displayed his ability and made an important contribution of 80 runs in 66 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes.