Virat Kohli’s Century Sets the Stage
In a dazzling display of skill and determination, Virat Kohli’s not only celebrated his 50th ODI century but also propelled India to dominance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Let’s delve into the highlights of his outstanding knock against New Zealand in the first semi-final.
Virat Kohli’s Record-Breaking Innings
Kohli’s innings of 117 off 113 balls showcased his prowess as he claimed the highest peak in ODI batting. This marked his third century in the tournament, securing his position as the centerpiece of India’s World Cup campaign. With nine fours and two sixes, Kohli’s contribution extended the gap with second-placed Quinton de Kock of South Africa.
Setting Records Ablaze
Not only did Kohli claim the highest run-getter spot in a single edition of the World Cup (713 runs), surpassing the legendary Tendulkar’s record in 2003, but he also reached the milestone of 50 ODI centuries. The cricketing world awaits his final shot to further extend this remarkable feat on 19th November.
Top Ten Batsmen in the Spotlight
After Kohli’s stellar performance, let’s take a closer look at the top ten batsmen who made an impact in the India-New Zealand semi-final showdown.
1. Virat Kohli of India: 711 Runs in 10 Innings
In 10 matches, Kohli amassed 711 runs at an average of over 101 and a strike rate of over 89. Boasting three centuries and five fifties, he stands as the highest run-getter in the tournament, setting a new record for most runs in a single Cricket World Cup edition.
2. Quinton de Kock of South Africa: 591 Runs in 9 Innings
Despite scoring four centuries in this World Cup, de Kock slipped to the second position. His highest score of 174 runs showcases his crucial role in South Africa’s impressive performance. The clash against Australia in the second semi-final awaits him.
3. Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand: 578 Runs in 10 Innings
New Zealand’s find of the tournament, Rachin Ravindra, claimed the third spot with 578 runs in 10 innings, featuring three centuries. His monumental run at the ICC Cricket World Cup solidified his position as the Kiwi batter with the most WC centuries.
4. Daryl Mitchell of New Zealand: 552 Runs in 9 Innings
Mitchell’s middle-order brilliance provided the impetus for New Zealand, with a highest score of 134 runs in the semi-final against India. His contribution has been crucial in setting up big totals for the team.
5. Rohit Sharma of India: 550 Runs in 10 Innings
Instrumental in providing prolific starts for India, Sharma’s excellent innings against England elevated him to the fourth position. With a highest score of 131 runs, he aims to add more runs to his tally in the final clash.
Shreyas Iyer’s Heroics and Beyond
6. Shreyas Iyer of India: 526 Runs in 10 Innings
Iyer’s consecutive century against New Zealand in the first semi-final showcased his significant contribution. While Virat Kohli took the spotlight, Iyer’s unbeaten 128 off 94 balls added to India’s mammoth total, setting the stage for the final clash on 19th November.
The Chase Continues: Other Notable Batsmen
7. David Warner of Australia: 499 Runs in 9 Innings
Warner’s couple of centuries propelled him to the seventh position. As Australia gears up for the semi-final against South Africa, Warner aims to contribute further to his team’s success.
8. Rassie van der Dussen of South Africa: 442 Runs in 9 Innings
A vital player in the South African middle-order, van der Dussen’s crucial knocks have set big totals for his team. South Africa’s clash against Australia awaits him.
9. Mitch Marsh of South Africa: 426 Runs in 8 Innings
Marsh’s 177-run knock against Bangladesh showcased his top performance with the bat. As Australia faces South Africa in the semi-final, Marsh aims to continue his impressive form.
10. Dawid Malan of England: 404 Runs in 9 Innings
Despite England’s early exit, Malan’s batting brilliance stood out as he finished with over 400 runs in the tournament.