The Eden Gardens in Kolkata witnessed a thrilling group-stage match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 as India and South Africa battled it out. However, this match wasn’t just another game in the tournament; it was also a special day for Indian cricket fans as it marked Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday. The anticipation was high, not only for his birthday celebrations but also for his ongoing pursuit of a remarkable record.
Before the game, Virat Kohli stood on the cusp of history, with 48 One Day International (ODI) centuries to his name. He needed just one more century to equal the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds. As fans around the world held their breath, Kohli delivered a birthday gift to remember.
In a display of sheer mastery and unwavering determination, Virat Kohli notched up his 49th ODI century. His century came in style as he scored 101 runs off 121 balls, embellished with 10 beautifully timed boundaries. The cricketing world erupted with joy as Kohli celebrated this significant milestone on his special day.
Kohli’s century wasn’t the only reason for India’s joy on that day. India managed to put up a formidable total on the board. Scoring a massive 326 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 50 overs, the Indian team displayed their batting prowess. This total set a challenging target for South Africa to chase on a slow, two-paced pitch with the old ball.
In the midst of this thrilling contest, a heartwarming and memorable moment unfolded during the mid-innings break. As Virat Kohli headed towards the broadcaster for a post-innings interview, it was none other than AB de Villiers who reached out to congratulate him. AB de Villiers, a former South African player and a close friend of Kohli from their time together at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), shared an embrace with the former Indian captain.
The camaraderie between these two cricketing superstars transcended the fierce competition on the field. The warmth and friendship displayed by de Villiers in that moment made it even more special for Kohli and cricket fans around the world. The heartwarming interaction between these two legends quickly went viral on social media, with fans lauding the spirit of the game and the bond between players.
[Video] AB de Villiers Congratulate Virat Kohli On His 49th ODI Hundred
AB De Villiers was the first to congratulate Virat Kohli.
– The bond between two greatest!pic.twitter.com/0D83VCcDIN
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 5, 2023