Cricket World Cup: Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring his fiftieth ODI ton.© AFP
Virat Kohli scaled the ‘Mount 50′ on Wednesday, and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had little doubt that the batting star has many extra miles to traverse in his profession. Kohli made his fiftieth ODI hundred through the World Cup semifinal in opposition to New Zealand on the Wankhede Stadium, going one forward of his idol Sachin Tendulkar. “It will take a lot of beating to go past this and he’s not finished yet. It’s a phenomenal achievement,” Ganguly stated throughout an interplay with reporters on the Eden Gardens.
The 35-year-old reached the milestone within the forty second over off the bowling of Kiwis pacer Lockie Ferguson as India set New Zealand a staggering goal of 398 within the last-four match at Mumbai.
Ganguly lauded the Indian group for enjoying an astounding model of cricket. “India are playing incredible cricket at the moment. Be it Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer or the bowlers.
“It’s an entire facet, there’s super expertise on this group. But We have to take one step at a time,” Ganguly said.
‘Nothing wrong with Wankhede pitch’
A pitch controversy has threatened to take some sheen off India’s performance during the World Cup semifinal with reports claiming that the hosts have changed the Wankhede surface at the last minute and opted for a “gradual monitor.” Ganguly refused to agree with that and said the pitch was a “truthful one”.
“It looks like a good pitch on which they are playing. It’s the same for both teams. There is nothing wrong with the Wankhede pitch,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly, a former BCCI president, was also seen inspecting the Eden strip on which the second World Cup semifinal between Australia and South Africa will be played on Thursday.
Ganguly observed both the ends of the pitch and then checked the soil firmness.
The pitch on offer for the match between Australia and South Africa is also a used one on which England faced Pakistan in a group phase match.
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