Following Team India‘s impressive 70-run victory over New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2023, young cricketer Shubman Gill expressed admiration for Virat Kohli‘s exceptional qualities. Kohli’s remarkable innings of 117 off 113 balls not only played a crucial role in India’s win but also marked a historic milestone as he became the first batter to achieve 50 ODI centuries, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar‘s record tally of 49.

Virat Kohli’s inspirational quality – Shubman Gill’s perspective

During a post-match press conference, Gill, who contributed to the team’s success with a 93-run partnership for the second wicket with Kohli, shared insights into his experience playing alongside the Indian stalwart. Gill emphasized that Kohli’s incredible consistency and unwavering hunger for the game serve as a significant source of inspiration for him. He highlighted Kohli’s ability to deliver something special every time he steps into the middle to bat.

“You know, every time he comes on to the park, he does something special and just how consistently he’s been able to do it for the past 10-15 years is what is really inspiring. And I think, for me, it’s not so much about the skill that he has, but it’s more about the hunger when he goes there and the intensity with which he plays the game is what inspires me. And to be able to have that consistently for as long as he’s been doing it is what really inspires me,” Gill was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

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India’s unbeaten streak and ODI World Cup 2023 final

With this triumph, the Men in Blue extended their unbeaten streak to ten consecutive wins in the tournament, establishing themselves as the only undefeated side in the CWC 2023. Looking ahead, India are set to face Australia in the final, scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19. The clash promises to be a thrilling culmination to what has been a highly competitive and exciting cricket spectacle.

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