A fan, enthralled by Indian superstar Virat Kohli’s knock of 166 off just 110 balls against Sri Lanka on Sunday, entered the field and touched his hero’s feet as other members of the Rohit Sharma-led side looked on.
Image, which one it went viral within minutesIt shows a stunned Virat Kohli trying to get away from the fan as his Team India colleagues watch on.
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— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 15, 2023
Talking about the match, Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill smashed centuries to put India on a mammoth total of 390/5 on the board. In reply, the Sri Lankans were bowled out for just 73 runs, handing India a 317-run victory, the largest margin of victory in ODI cricket history.
This weekend, Virat Kohli smashed multiple records en route to his 46th ODI and 74th international century against the Dasun Shanaka-led side in Kerala.
The ton was his 21st at home in the sport’s second-longest format, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s previous tally of 20.
During his sensational innings, Virat Kohli also became the fifth highest run-getter in ODIs ahead of Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene. With 12,754 runs, Virat Kohli now trails only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), Ricky Ponting (13,704) and Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430).
The Indian superstar looked in superb touch throughout his unbeaten innings of 166 off 110 deliveries as he raced to reach his 74th international century.
Virat Kohli showed a different measure of batting prowess during his knock in the Kerala state capital, smashing eight sixes, including one that reached 97 metres.
This is the most sixes hit by a former Indian captain in an ODI knock. Apart from eight hits over the fence, the Delhi-born cricketer’s knock was capped with 13 boundaries.
The great Virat Kohli completed his hundred off 85 deliveries but immediately switched gears after completing the landmark. 166 is his highest score at home and second highest in One Day Internationals.
Virat Kohli also became the first non-opener to score 5 over 150+ in ODIs.
Moreover, Virat Kohli is the fastest player to score 46 centuries in ODI cricket – a milestone he achieved in just 259 innings. On the other hand, previous record holder Sachin Tendulkar needed 431 innings to reach there.
It was his 10th century against Sri Lanka, making him the first man to reach so many tons against a single team in ODIs. Earlier, he and Sachin Tendulkar were tied with nine three-figure scores against Sri Lanka, West Indies and Australia respectively.
Earlier in the series, when he scored his 9th hundred against Sri Lanka, he became the only cricketer to score as many triple-digit scores against two international teams. Kohli also has nine tons against West Indies.
Virat Kohli is in a sensational mood lately. It ended a nearly three-year drought in the format with his third hundred in his last four games, including his 44th ODI hundred against Bangladesh in December.
Meanwhile, in his first reaction to his 46th ODI hundred, Virat Kohli looked extremely happy with his display with the bat.
“I have no idea (about the Player of the Series awards). For me, it’s just a product of my intent, the mindset I play with. The mindset is always to help the team win, to bat as long as possible and if you do that, you will make a difference in the end,” he said.
“I always played for the right reasons, helped the team as much as possible. It’s just the intention, playing for the right reasons. I feel good since coming back from a long break. “I don’t have much hope to reach a stage. I’m just enjoying my stroke, I’m in a place where I can relax. I was happy to bat there today (Sunday) as well. “I’m in a great place right now and I want it to continue,” he said.
His fans also reacted to his blistering hundred.
“King Kohli reigns in Kerala, 166* runs off just 110 balls, Yay al, GOAT,” one fan reacted on Twitter.
“Another fan added: “Virat Kohli’s show – 166* 13 fours and 8 sixes in just 110 balls. A dominant innings, what a player. Take a bow, King Kohli!”
“Comparing Virat Kohli to a guy like Babar Azam is a disgrace to cricket,” wrote a third.
“Great to see Virat Kohli back to his best in white-ball cricket, that unbeaten 166 was special even by his high standards,” concluded the fourth.