David Beckham, Sachin Tendulkar & Virat Kohli
Golden Hawk - Virat Kohli's Golden Knocks
Written by: Arif Jameel
Translated in English : Amel Aamer
Golden Hawk - Virat Kohli's golden Knocks: Golden Hawk is the only "player" in the history of cricket to score 50 centuries in all international cricket formats. The 49 centuries of his compatriot Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar in one-day international cricket. The only "player" to break the world record of 50 centuries. The only "player" to score 50 centuries in one-day international cricket in just 279 innings. In the 48-year history of the World Cup, he is the only "player" to score 700 runs in the semi-final innings of this World Cup, breaking the record of 673 runs scored by his countryman Sachin Tendulkar in any single World Cup. The only "player" to own the record of the highest 8 fifty-plus scores in the edition. The only "player" to score 3 centuries and 5 fifties in 10 matches in the ongoing World Cup, Gold N Hawke.
It was no less than a record for the golden knocks of Virat Kohli that all these records were made in the semi-finals of the ICC One Day International Cricket World Cup 2023. The second is the world of football. The 48-year-old David Beckham of England also came to watch the match with the 50-year-old Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at the stadium and chatted with Virat Kohli and shook hands with the players of both teams. This was Beckham's first visit to India.
India won the toss and batted in the first semi-final of the 13th edition of the Cricket World Cup on 15 November 2023. The opener, captain Rohit Sharma, provided the best start and scored 47 runs, which included 4 sixes and 4 fours. After that, Virat Kohli started to bat. He came and then he really played such a wonderful and responsible innings and could not remain without praise. He scored his third century of this event and also completed his 50th century of his one-day international career by his compatriot Sachin. Tendulkar's world record of 49 centuries was broken. Kohli was dismissed after scoring 117 runs. Batter Shreyas Iyer also scored his second consecutive century and returned to the pavilion after scoring 105 runs. Opener Shabman Gill scored 80 runs not out. Leg muscle pain started due to which he left the ground and Shreyas came in to bat. India scored 397 for 4 in the allotted 50 overs. New Zealand's Tim Southee was the main bowler with 3 dismissals.
It was not an easy task for New Zealand to achieve the target of 398 runs in the semi-finals of the mega event and that too against the home team India at India's home ground. Captain Kane Williamson scored 69 runs and once again gave hope that he might be able to chase down the target. The partnership of 181 runs between the two continued. Tuli broke the partnership while bowling and brought India back into the match. New Zealand's all team was dismissed for 327 runs in the 49th over and the team that was runner-up in 2015 and 2019 died in the semi-finals this time. India won the match by 70 runs and reached the final. Mohammad Shami dismissed 7 key players of New Zealand and was man of the match.