Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

NEW DELHI: India run machine and batting mainstay Virat Kohli is the leading run scorer in this edition of the World Cup and the former captain continued his great run of form in the final against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Steadying the Indian innings after the dismissals of captain Rohit Sharna and Shreyas Iyer in successive overs, Kohli reached his 72nd fifty off 56 balls and with that notched up five consecutive 50+ scores in World Cups for the second time.
Kohli had also hit five consecutive 50+ scores in the 2019 World Cup edition. Australia batter Steve Smith had achieved the feat in his team’s victorious edition in 2015.
Kohli also became the seventh batsman to hit 50+ scores in both semi-final and finals in a World Cup edition after Mike Brearley (1979), David Boon (1987), Javed Miandad (1992), Aravinda de Silva (1996), Grant Elliot (2015) and Steve Smith (2015).
Kohli had scored 117 in the semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday.
But Kohli’s joy was short-lived as he played a Pat Cummins delivery onto his stumps soon after falling for 54.

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