MUMBAI, Nov. 15, 2023
From our Sports Correspondent
His hero applauded, his wife blew kisses, and a Football royalty watched in disbelief a packed crowd going bonkers, as Virat Kohli caressed his way into the record books with another significant cricketing milestone.
The occasion was huge, a World Cup semifinal against New Zealand at an iconic venue and Virat Kohli came up with an apt description after he went past Sachin Tendulkar for his world record 50th One Day International hundred today.
Cheering him from the stands were, among others, Sachin Tendulkar himself, Virat’s actor wife Anushka Sharma and football legend David Beckham.
Well, I’m feeling (pauses). Again, the great man just congratulated me. All this for me feels like a dream, it is surreal. It’s too good to be true, Virat Kohli said during mid-innings break, having scored 117 off 113 balls.
“I never felt that I will come here in my career, it is a semifinal, just glad that everything came together.” After reaching the milestone, Virat Kohli lifted his arms in the air, then sunk on the ground before looking towards the stand and bowing in admiration for Sachin Tendulkar.
“It is stuff of dreams, Anushka (Sharma) was there, Sachin Pajji was there in the stands. My life partner, my hero – he’s sitting there. And all these fans at the Wankhede.
“It’s very difficult for me to explain this, but if I could paint a perfect picture I would want this to be the picture.” During his innings, Virat Kohli also became the highest run scorer in a single edition of a World Cup, surpassing Sachin’s 673 runs he had aggregated in the 2003 edition.