Cricket fans from all across India flocked to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Thursday, November 2, to witness a momentous World Cup 2023. The stadium was alive with expectation and enthusiasm. With all eyes focused on one man—Virat Kohli—the Indian dressing room was a flurry of activity, and the audience was on the edge of their seats. The former Indian skipper was one century away from scoring his 49th ODI century; therefore, the cricketing world has been waiting for this day.
Virat Kohli demonstrated right away why he is regarded as one of the modern-day cricketing superstars when the contest against Sri Lanka got underway. He easily reached his half-century mark and seemed ready to surpass it. During the middle part of the innings, Kohli’s aggressive approach and superb abilities overpowered the spinners, even in the intense Mumbai afternoon heat.
The partnership between Shubman Gill and Kohli was remarkable. With their outstanding chemistry, the two batters put up a partnership of more than 150 runs for the second wicket. After India lost Rohit Sharma early in the innings with only four runs scored, this was a much-needed comeback. The day’s high point, however, was when young, talented cricketer Shubman Gill was playing at his best. Gill was on the verge of making his first-ever century in the World Cup, but it was not to be. Tragically, he was just 8 runs shy of reaching this incredible feat.
Since it was Gill’s first ODI dismissal in the 90s, this was a very important event in his career. When Gill edged a slower-ball bouncer from Dilshan Madushanka to the wicketkeeper in the 30th over, Kohli and Gill’s 188-run stand came to an end. The whole Wankhede Stadium became quiet, lamenting the lost chance. Gill hit 11 boundaries and two sixes, demonstrating his extraordinary touch, and the crowd had taken note of his performance.
It was a historic moment for Virat Kohli, as renowned cricketer Sachin Tendulkar watched from the stands. He had the opportunity to tie his hero for the most centuries in ODI history. There was excitement around the stadium as everyone anticipated seeing a historic achievement.
But cricket is a harsh game, and that’s exactly what was going to happen. Unexpectedly, the left-arm bowler from Sri Lanka removed Virat Kohli, who was just 12 runs short of reaching his 49th century in one-day internationals. The once-electrifying Wankhede Stadium was suddenly devoid of sound when Madushanka’s slower delivery defeated Kohli.
Being too early in the shot, Kohli, who was trying to play a defensive shot, let the ball fly into the hands of the short cover fielder, who didn’t have to move an inch. It was the second time in a short while that Kohli had been on the verge of scoring his 49th ODI century; just a few weeks before, he had scored his 48th century against Bangladesh.
Hilarious Memes Go Viral As Virat Kohli Misses Out On His 49th ODI Hundred
— VINEETH𓃵🦖 (@sololoveee) November 2, 2023
Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill both missed century 😭💔 pic.twitter.com/1wYhM8IFCb
— Dennis🕸 (@DenissForReal) November 2, 2023
Virat Kohli the man the myth the legend.
— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) November 2, 2023
Me deleting all my draft memes about Virat Kohli’s century – pic.twitter.com/luW0X0ZMIM
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 2, 2023
Virat Kohli set his standards so high
every non century score looks like disappointment pic.twitter.com/r1Tr5I0mgK
— Kevin (@imkevin149) November 2, 2023
Virat Kohli missed his 49th century😭😭 pic.twitter.com/7D5mlG3xFR
— Veer (@_veerrr____) November 2, 2023
Some people, the Virat Kohli can never make happy, keep crying.
— KT (@IconicRcb) November 2, 2023