"Breaking God's record is fun for VIRAT Kohli."
Virat Kohli has become the highest run-scorer in an ODI World Cup campaign.
India is playing New Zealand for a place in the World Cup final on November 19, 2023.
India put on a strong batting display against New Zealand and throughout the World Cup, Kohli has been excellent.
His semi-final display was also impressive and it was made all the better by breaking several records.
Among them is scoring the most runs in a single ODI World Cup.
He went past Sachin Tendulkar’s mark of 673 runs, a record which had stood for 20 years.
Kohli broke the record with a single against Glenn Phillips.
Cricket fans congratulated Virat Kohli on the achievement, with his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore tweeting:
“A supreme record that stood for 20 years has finally been eclipsed.
“Virat overtakes his idol Sachin for Most Runs in a single World Cup edition!”
One fan wrote: “Most runs in a single World Cup edition: Virat Kohli – 674*. Sachin Tendulkar – 673.
“Breaking God’s record is fun for VIRAT Kohli.”
Another said: “Setting records ablaze, he’s now the highest run-scorer in a single edition of the 48-year-old World Cups.”
One comment read: “Hail to the king.”
A supreme record that stood for 20 years has finally been eclipsed ?
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) November 15, 2023
Virat Kohli also became only the third Indian batter to score 600 runs in a World Cup campaign.
It was also Kohli’s eighth fifty+ score of the 2023 World Cup, the most anyone has ever managed in a single tournament.
He went past the record of seven fifty+ knocks, previously jointly held by Sachin (2003) and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (2019).
Kohli has also surpassed Australia’s Ricky Ponting on the all-time ODI runs leaderboard.
His score currently stands at 13,707 and is expected to continue rising. Sachin Tendulkar leads the way with 18,426.
During the match, he reached a record 50th ODI century, causing the crowd to erupt.
Before the semi-final match, Virat Kohli met with David Beckham and Tendulkar, where the trio enjoyed a short kickabout.
Beckham has been in India as part of his role as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, a position that he has held since 2005.
The former England captain began his Indian journey with a trip to Gujarat, where he showed off his cricket skills and spent time with children in the area.
Speaking about the visit, Beckham said:
“The energy and innovation I have seen here has been so inspiring.”
India is currently on course to reach the final.