The stage is set for the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023. The match between India and New Zealand is scheduled to be played on November 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Talking about the ICC World Cup, Virat Kohli has come to play his fourth World Cup and will be playing in a knockout match for the fourth time in a row. Virat Kohli played his first World Cup in 2011. Virat Kohli has scored the most runs till the league stage in the ICC World Cup 2023, but his real litmus test is yet to come. Virat Kohli’s statistics in the World Cup knockout are very scary. It remains to be seen whether Virat will succeed in breaking this myth this time. Virat has played a total of six World Cup knockout matches and has not reached the 50 mark even once.
Virat’s best score in a World Cup knockout is 35, which he scored against Sri Lanka in the World Cup 2011 final. Overall, Virat has played a total of 35 World Cup matches, scoring 1624 runs at an average of 58, including four centuries. If we talk about knockout matches, Virat has played innings of 24, 9, 35, 3, 1, 1 runs respectively. He scored 24 against Australia in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final. After this, only 9 runs came out of Virat’s bat against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-final.
He scored 35 runs in the final. After this, Virat was dismissed for three runs in the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup against Bangladesh. While in the 2015 World Cup semi-final against Australia, only one run was scored with his bat. A similar incident happened in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, when Virat was dismissed for just one run against New Zealand.