The captain of team New Zealand, Kane Williamson, praised record-breaking Virat Kohli as "the best" batsman in the world and warned the rivals of India that the superstar is "getting better." Williamson described India as a "blue machine" who defeated his team by 70 runs in Mumbai on Wednesday to reach the World Cup final. India scored up 397 runs at the loss of 4 wickets, with Kohli hitting a record-setting 50th one-day international hundred before being dismissed for 117 and Shreyas Iyer making 105.
Mohammed Shami then took a sensational 7-57 under the Wankhede Stadium floodlights as New Zealand, the losing finalists at the last two World Cups and the 2019 semi-final conquerors of India, were bowled out for 327.
Williamson paid tribute to Kohli, who surpassed the record of 49 ODI hundreds he had shared with Sachin Tendulkar as the retired India great looked on from the stands at his old home ground.
Williamson said, "That's something quite special; I think if you play 50 games, some people would call that a great career. But to get 50 hundreds...and not just that; actually, the way he goes about it, it's actually about winning games for his team."
The 33-year-old added, "I mean, he's the best, isn't he? And he seems to be getting better, which is a worry for the opposition all around the world.