Virat Kohli is arguably the greatest batter to play the game of cricket, and has delivered for his team in crunch situations numerous times. Therefore, duirng Team India’s clash against New Zealand in the ODI World Cup 2023 semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, all eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who enters the knockout stage as the leading run-scorer in the tournament.
In nine innings, the 35-year-old has amassed a stellar 594 runs at an impressive average of 99 and a strike rate of 88.52. Kohli’s consistent performance includes two centuries and five half-centuries, showcasing his crucial role in India’s campaign.
Kohli’s journey in the 2023 World Cup began with a resilient 85 against Australia in Chennai, setting the tone for a remarkable run. Notable contributions followed, such as an unbeaten 55 against Afghanistan, a century against Bangladesh, and significant scores against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the Netherlands.
Virat Kohli in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup
Virat Kohli, despite having a good tournament this year, faces a historical hurdle in ODI World Cup semi-finals. In the three semi-final appearances, Kohli has struggled, being dismissed for single-figure scores each time.
In the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, he fell for 9, managed only 1 in the 2015 semi-final against Australia, and was again out for 1 in the 2019 semi-final against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli in ODI World Cup Semi Finals:
2011 SF v 🇵🇰- 9 runs (out by Wahab)
2015 SF v 🇦🇺- 1 run (out by Johnson)
2019 SF v 🇳🇿- 1 run (out by Boult)
Out for single digit scores against Left-Arm Pacers in all 3 Semis.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 13, 2023
Coincidentally, all three dismissals occurred against left-arm pacers, with Trent Boult set to pose the challenge this time as well.
Virat Kohli will aim to overcome this semi-final jinx and lead India to a coveted spot in the World Cup final, adding another chapter to his illustrious cricketing legacy.
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