India vs New Zealand: When Virat Kohli registered his name in the record books with yet another important feat on the cricket field, his heroes applauded, his wife gave ‘flying kisses’ and a former football legend stunned the packed stadium. Enjoyed this view. In the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, Kohli once again proved his ability in big matches and completed his 50th century in ODI cricket here on Wednesday.
Many legends present in the stadium
Tendulkar, Kohli’s actress wife Anushka Sharma and football legend David Beckham were present in the stadium to encourage Kohli. Kohli scored 117 runs in 113 balls. “Well, I am feeling… (after taking a short pause), the great man (Tendulkar) congratulated me,” he told the broadcasters after the Indian innings. To me it all feels like a dream, it’s so surreal. It’s too good to be true.
Kohli celebrated like this
Kohli said that I never thought that I would be able to reach this point in my career. It’s the semi-finals, just happy that everything came together. After reaching this point, Kohli jumped, raised his hands in the air and sat down on his knees on the field, looking towards the spectators. He greeted Tendulkar and the fans with his head bowed. He said that this is like a dream. Anushka Sharma was there, Sachin paaji was there in the stands. My life partner, my hero, he is sitting there. And all these fans at Wankhede.
Kohli is the player who scored the most runs in a single World Cup season.
He said that it is very difficult for me to understand, but if I could make a perfect picture, I would like it to be this picture. During his innings, Kohli also became the highest run-scorer in a single World Cup season. He left behind Tendulkar’s score of 673 runs in the 2003 season. Kohli has so far scored 711 runs in this World Cup with the help of three centuries and five half-centuries. He said that the most important thing for me is to make my team win. I have been given a role in this tournament and I try to play till the last overs. I played the role so that other players could play freely.
I play according to the circumstances and for the team – Kohli
Kohli said that I am able to perform well consistently because I play according to the circumstances and for the team. After an aggressive start from Rohit Sharma (47 runs off 29 balls) and Shubman Gill (80 not out off 66 balls), Kohli and Shreyas Iyer (105 runs off 70 balls) kept the momentum going. After this, Lokesh Rahul (39 runs on 20 balls) batted brilliantly in the last overs due to which the Indian team was successful in scoring a huge score of 397 runs for four wickets.
Kohli said that in a big match you are happy after scoring more than 330, in such a situation it is great to reach close to 400 runs. He said that a lot of credit for this goes to Shreyas Iyer, the way Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got the start and KL Rahul batted fast in the last overs. It is an ideal batting performance but we still have to go out there and perform professionally with the ball.