'Life lessons learnt from Virat Kohli' - Fans react as Virat Kohli scores his 49th ODI hundred against South Africa in ODI World Cup 2023

Virat Kohli scored his 49th ODI hundred against South Africa in Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the ODI World Cup 2023 to equal Sachin Tendulkar's record.

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Virat Kohli scored his 49th ODI hundred against South Africa in the ODI World Cup 2023. In a packed stadium in Kolkata's Eden Gardens, Virat created history, as he became just the second batter after Sachin Tendulkar to score 49 hundreds in ODIs. The Indian number 3 now has the joint most number of hundreds in the history of the ODIs. It is a great achievement indeed. 

The Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first. He led from the example as he scored a thunderous 40(24). The brilliant start meant that India had already scored 61 runs in the first 5 overs. After the first 10 overs, India was 92/1 and Virat was 23(19). That was when the spinners were introduced, which halted India's momentum for a brief period. 

Shreyas Iyer and Virat both struggled against Keshav Maharaj. After getting set, Iyer launched the attack on the bowlers. At the other end, Virat was being watchful and played through the Indian innings. The 35-year-old played a good knock on his birthday. Against a good bowling attack, the star batter played some good shots. Despite struggling in the middle, Virat took his time and aimed for the big one. 

Virat finally gets to his 49th ODI hundred

With KL Rahul struggling at the other end, Virat could not get going as well. But when Suryakumar came into the middle and attacked the spinners, Virat got some more time to get to his milestone. As Yadav brought out his sweep shots, Virat was happy to play the second fiddle. After Suryakumar's dismissal, in walked Jadeja, who also batted very well in the death overs. 

At the other end, Virat slowly got to his milestone. As he neared the milestone, the crowd got its phones on and awaited the hundred. As soon as Virat took the single against Lungi Ngidi, there was a huge roar from the crowd. They had witnessed the creation of history in front of their own eyes. Virat finally scored the 49th hundred after missing out on it a couple of times in the ongoing World Cup.

Here's how the fans reacted to Virat's knock -

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