On October 23, 2023, Virat Kohli scored 95 runs in a Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand, falling short of Sachin Tendulkar’s record-equaling ton by just five runs.
Kohli’s reaction to falling short of the record was captured on camera and has been widely shared on social media.
Kohli’s 48th century in the format means he could yet overtake Tendulkar’s all-time record of 49 during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
Kohli is already the fastest batter in the history of the men’s game to score 26,000 runs in international cricket, bettering the previous record held by Tendulkar by 33 innings.
Kohli’s brilliant 103* in a match against Bangladesh saw him reach triple figures with a six, which was also the winning shot of the match. Kohli’s performances have cemented his status as one of the leading batters in the format.
Although India have won this match.
India got off to a strong start in their match, with skipper Rohit Sharma scoring 46 runs and Shubman Gill contributing 26 runs in a partnership of 71 runs. However, New Zealand’s fast bowler Lockie Ferguson struck in his first two overs and dismissed both openers.
Despite a brief interruption due to fog, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer tried to rebuild the innings and managed to do a commendable job.
However, Trent Boult, a left-arm fast bowler, dismissed Iyer in his second spell by bowling a bouncer from around the wicket, resulting in a catch for a fielder in the deep.
Kohli and KL Rahul then continued to build the innings, but left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner managed to break through and trapped Rahul lbw (leg before wicket).
Suryakumar Yadav, in his first World Cup appearance, got run out for two runs after a mix-up with Kohli, which gave New Zealand a glimmer of hope.
However, Kohli remained calm and, along with left-handed batsman Jadeja, guided the team to victory. The victory was set up by Mohammed Shami, who took his second five-wicket haul in World Cups. Despite New Zealand’s batsman Mitchell scoring his fifth ODI century, Shami’s performance helped restrict their total.
In New Zealand’s innings, they lost their opening batsmen early after being asked to bat first. However, Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra formed a crucial partnership of 159 runs to stabilize the innings.
Shami played a crucial role in restricting New Zealand’s scoring in the final 10 overs of his first appearance at the tournament.
Both Mohammed Siraj and Shami took wickets, dismissing Devon Conway for a duck and Will Young for 17 runs, reducing New Zealand to 19-2.
Ravindra, who was dropped on 12 by Jadeja, capitalized on the opportunity and reached his third fifty in his 17th ODI.
Both Ravindra and Mitchell were successful against the Indian spinners, using their footwork effectively, and Jadeja went wicketless in his 10 overs. Mitchell.
despite surviving dropped catches, showed resilience and carried the innings forward despite losing Ravindra and skipper Tom Latham for five runs off the left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who took two wickets.
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