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Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI Century: Childhood Coach Rajkumar Beams with Pride

Virat Kohli smashed his way to a record-breaking 50th ODI century during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal against New Zealand. The historic feat, accompanied by Shreyas Iyer’s stellar contribution, propelled India to an imposing total of 397/4 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, expressed his jubilation at the remarkable achievement, stating, “For me as a coach, no other moment could be much bigger than Virat scoring his 50th ODI century and making a world record. This is a big achievement, and I hope he continues his form like this.”

India’s decision to bat first proved fruitful as skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill set the stage with a formidable 71-run opening stand. Virat Kohli, with a masterful 117 in 113 balls, notched up his 50th ODI century, while Shreyas Iyer’s blazing 105 off 70 balls added to the onslaught. KL Rahul’s quick cameo of 39 runs and an explosive display by Shreyas Iyer powered India to the imposing total.

The Kiwi bowlers faced a daunting challenge, with Tim Southee emerging as their standout performer, claiming 3 wickets for 100 runs. Trent Boult also secured a wicket, but the Indian batsmen’s relentless assault proved too much for New Zealand to contain.

Now, Virat Kohli’s stellar ODI career statistics reveal a staggering 13,794 runs in 291 matches, boasting an average of 58.69. With 50 centuries and 71 fifties under his belt, Kohli’s cricketing prowess continues to soar. A closer look at the records places him above cricket legends Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara, reinforcing his status among the cricketing elite.

The star batter’s recent form is nothing short of phenomenal, as evidenced by his outstanding performance this year. In 26 ODIs, Kohli amassed 1,323 runs at an impressive average of 73.50, including six centuries and seven fifties.

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