IND Vs NZ, Semi-Final, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli Surpasses Ricky Ponting's Record During India-New Zealand Tie

Virat Kohli left Australian great Ricky Ponting behind en route to becoming the third-highest run-getter in one day internationals during India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final match against New Zealand. Only Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar are ahead of the former India captain now.

Virat Kohli after India's 7-wicket win over Bangladesh in Pune

Needing just 28 more runs to leapfrog Australia great Ricky Ponting in the One Day Internationals all-time leading scorer charts, Virat Kohli raced past the target on Wednesday - November 15, 2023 - afternoon during India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final tie against New Zealand. Ponting had scored 13,704 runs in 365 innings during an illustrious playing career; Kohli outscored the cricketing legend in nearly 100 fewer games (279). (Match Blog | Scorecard | Preview | Key Battles)

Kohli, 35, is now the third-highest ODI run-scorer in history. Ahead of him are Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara, who retired with 14,234 runs in 380 innings and Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who ended up with 18426 runs from 452 innings. 

India won the toss and chose to bat in the first semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15. India are playing the same XI as in their previous game against Netherlands, and New Zealand too are unchanged. 

Happy to win the toss, India captain Rohit Sharma said: "It looks like a good pitch and on the slower side as well. I think it was way back in 2019 when we played that semi-final. New Zealand has been one of the most consistent teams over the years and it will be a good contest. I think it's a very important day, but you've to turn up on that particular day."

Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson said they would have had a bat first as well if they won the toss. "Obviously, a used surface and hopefully some dew in the evening. Looking forward to the challenge ahead. It should be a good game. Both teams have seen a variety of conditions and it's knockout cricket really," Williamson added.

India have had an unbeaten run in the tournament so far, notching up nine wins in the nine league games they have played. The Kiwis, on the other hand, stumbled mid-way in the group stage and scraped into the semi-finals, edging out Pakistan for the fourth spot with five wins out of nine games.

In a reprise of the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final that ended in heartbreak for India, Rohit Sharma's men are taking on New Zealand in the first last-four clash of the 2023 ODI World Cup. India had narrowly lost the 2019 semi-final, with MS Dhoni's run-out imprinted in cricket lovers' memories. The hosts are aiming to leave that loss behind and gun for their third title in the showpiece event after the triumphs of 1983 and 2011. 

Playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.   

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