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Virat Kohli scripts History: Beats Sachin's Record:- During the World Cup semi-final in Mumbai against New Zealand, Virat Kohli surpassed two significant records formerly held by Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli's achievement was noted during the match. Kohli became the first player to surpass Tendulkar's record of 50 ODI centuries and also set a new record for most runs in a single edition of the ODI World Cup. He achieved this feat by surpassing Tendulkar's 673 runs in 2003 with his 80th run during Wednesday's semi-final, becoming the first player to acquire a total of 700 runs in a ODI World Cup.
When Sachin Tendulkar achieved this milestone of his 49th ODI century in 451 innings, Virat Kohli managed to do the same in 277 innings. He surpassed the record by getting his 50th hundred during his 279th innings against South Africa in India's last World Cup league match. The feat was achieved when Kohli flicked two runs off Lockie Ferguson in the 42nd over of India's innings. When Kohli finished his second lap, he erupted in celebration with a leap and a punch in the air. He then removed his helmet, held his arms up and bowed towards the stands, where Tendulkar was clapping in admiration of his accomplishment.
Kohli has achieved three hundreds and five fifties in his ten innings during the World Cup, and his batting average exceeds 100 with a strike rate of almost 90 in the competition. In the semi-final, he entered the crease in the ninth over of India's innings with the score at 71 for 1. He had a 93-run alliance with Shubman Gill and then a century partnership with Shreyas Iyer. Kohli scored his half-century in 59 balls and then the next 50 runs in 53 balls, although he appeared to be affected by cramp while in his 90s.