The cricket world witnessed a thrilling showdown as India faced off against South Africa in a group-stage game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. While this clash of titans marked a significant event in the tournament, it was also a special day for the former Indian captain, Virat Kohli, as he celebrated his 35th birthday. The anticipation was palpable as Kohli approached a milestone that has long been etched in the annals of cricket history – his 49th ODI century.
Before this pivotal game, Virat Kohli was perched on the edge of cricketing immortality with 48 ODI centuries to his name. It was common knowledge that he needed just one more to equal the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds. The cricketing world held its breath, eager to witness this momentous achievement. The birthday boy did not disappoint.
Virat Kohli rose to the occasion. He not only scored his 49th ODI century but did so in style. Kohli played a masterful innings, amassing 101 runs off 121 balls. His innings included 10 elegant boundaries, showcasing his impeccable timing and class. It was a treat for cricket fans worldwide.
As Kohli anchored the Indian innings with his century, the team rallied around him. India managed to post a formidable total of 326 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. While defending, the Indian bowlers were dominant yet again and dismissed the Proteas for just 83 runs.
While the cricketing world celebrated Virat Kohli’s exceptional achievement, Sri Lanka was preparing for their upcoming clash with Bangladesh. The two teams were set to face each other in a game scheduled for the next day in New Delhi. Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis found himself at the centre of attention during the pre-match press conference.
As the press conference unfolded, Kusal Mendis was posed with a seemingly innocuous question – would he like to congratulate Virat Kohli for his remarkable 49th ODI hundred? What followed was nothing short of surprising. Mendis, with a mischievous smile, replied, “Why would I congratulate him?” He then exchanged shocked glances with his media manager, leaving the room in stitches.
In the world of cricket, where sportsmanship is held in high regard, Mendis’s response added an element of humour and surprise to the proceedings. While it’s essential to remember that on-field rivalries are intense, it’s equally important to acknowledge and appreciate exceptional performances.
[Watch] Kusal Mendis Does Not Want To Congratulate Virat Kohli For His 49th ODI Hundred
Journalist ” Virat Just scored his 49th ODI ton. Do you like to congratulate him?”
— Out Of Context Cricket PK (@GemsOfCrickett) November 5, 2023