As the cricketing world gathered at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata to witness a thrilling encounter between India and South Africa during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 group stage game, something truly remarkable unfolded on the field. It was Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday, and he was on the verge of a historic milestone.
Before the match, Virat Kohli was standing at the precipice of history. With 48 ODI centuries to his name, he needed just one more to equal the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI hundreds. As the Indian cricketing maestro stepped onto the field on his birthday, Indian fans worldwide eagerly awaited to see if he could achieve this monumental feat.
Kohli, known for his consistent and dominant batting, didn’t disappoint. In an innings that oozed class and authority, he reached his 49th ODI hundred. Kohli scored an impressive 101 runs off 121 balls, punctuated by 10 glorious boundaries. His innings not only delighted the Indian fans but also showcased his ability to perform under pressure on the grandest stages of the game.
Kohli’s century laid the foundation for India’s innings. The team managed to put up a formidable total of 326 runs on the board, losing just 5 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. This total gave India a strong position in the game and put South Africa under pressure.
While the cricketing action thrilled the fans, it was a heartwarming and memorable moment during the mid-innings break that captured the essence of true sportsmanship. As Virat Kohli, the former Indian and RCB captain, 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 cricketing legend in his own right, shares a special bond with Virat Kohli. Their friendship blossomed during their time together at the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). As former teammates at RCB, they have not only shared the dressing room but also created unforgettable moments on the field.
As Kohli approached the broadcaster, the camera captured a moment that will forever be etched in the minds of cricket fans worldwide. AB de Villiers, with a smile on his face, extended his arms, and Virat Kohli, reciprocating the gesture, shared a heartfelt embrace with his dear friend.
[Watch] AB de Villiers Behaves As The True Brother Of Virat Kohli After 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