Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: X(Twitter)
Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘CRICKET LIVE’, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lavishes praise on Virat Kohli for creating history with his 50th ODI century during the ICC Men’s CWC 23 semi-final against New Zealand, “Yes. It’s very difficult to put it in words, to what it means, not just to him and his family, but to all those who love Indian cricket. Because, look, you always have people who have set the bar and the standard. Then you want somebody to come and raise the bar a little further, and that’s exactly what Virat Kohli has done with his performances.
He has been absolutely super human in this particular World Cup. He has got almost 700 runs, 2 hundreds in this tournament, plus fifties in about six other innings. So, he has dominated the batting. Just a little while ago, he was kind enough to complement his team-mates for allowing him to play the way he did and that they were taking the chances at the other end.
So, clearly, this is a fantastic team effort. But, even in that team effort, to have a super achievement like that, is a very, very special day. All those who are here should consider themselves fortunate that they were there. They will remember November 15th as the day where they were at the Wankhede Stadium and they saw Virat Kohli score a 50th century in one-day cricket. Nobody has done that before. 49 was the highest and he’s got the 50th.”
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has high words of praise for Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI century, “You could not write a better script, to be honest. I played against Sachin and I never thought I would see someone go past Sachin in my lifetime, to be honest. Sachin was the best batter I have ever seen. For this lad to do it on Sachin’s home ground with Sachin in attendance in a World Cup semi-final, with such style and power, it was just awesome. The modern day master has just gone past the Little Master. He’s the best in the world, it’s as simple as that. He’s a genius.”
Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘CRICKET LIVE’, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri said, “I think it he deserves every bit of it, you know. Just for his work ethics, professionalism, attention to detail and the way he prepares. He went through a period where he couldn’t get a run, couldn’t get a hundred for 3 years, but his work ethics never changed. He was determined, he carried on in the same fashion, and he’s been rewarded for that hard work he put in at that time. To get over 700 runs in a World Cup, and the first time in a knockout to go past 50, so you know it’s a special day for him.”