Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar hailed Virat Kohli on Wednesday, telling his teammates that he couldn’t be happier that an Indian broke his record for one-day international hundreds.
Kohli completed his 50th century in the format at Tendulkar’s home Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
“The first time I met you in the Indian dressing room, you were pranking other teammates by touching my feet. I couldn’t stop laughing that day,” Tendulkar wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The first time I met you in the Indian dressing room, other teammates tricked you into touching my feet. I couldn’t stop laughing that day. But soon, you touched my heart with your passion and skill. I am so happy that that young boy has grown into a ‘Virat’ player.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 15, 2023
“But soon, you touched my heart with your passion and skills. I could not be happier that an Indian broke my record. “And to do it on the biggest stage – in the World Cup semi-finals – and on my home ground. is the heir on the cake.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 15, 2023
Kohli moved level with Tendulkar’s all-time mark of 49 centuries on his 35th birthday in the World Cup group win over South Africa 10 days ago. On Wednesday, Kohli made 117 as India piled up 397-4 in their innings.
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India have won all nine of their pool matches, but New Zealand pushed them hard with a four-wicket haul in Dharamsala last month. In contrast, New Zealand lost four matches before qualifying for the knockout stages.
Exactly four years ago, the Black Caps defeated India in the semi-final of the World Cup in Manchester which lasted two days due to rain. India are bidding for a third one-day international World Cup title to add to their 1983 win in England and 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in the Wankhede final.
New Zealand, the finalists in the last two World Cups, have yet to lift the trophy. Wednesday’s winners will face either five-time champions Australia or South Africa, who will meet in Thursday’s second semi-final in Kolkata, in Sunday’s final in Ahmedabad.
(With agency input)
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