KOLKATA: Virat Kohli delivered a remarkable birthday present to himself on his 35th birthday by achieving his 49th ODI century during India’s encounter with South Africa in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
The Indian team, batting first, received a blazing start with Rohit Sharma showcasing his exceptional stroke play at the Eden Gardens.
Partnered with Shreyas Iyer, the duo forged an impressive 134-run partnership. Despite losing a few quick wickets, Virat Kohli anchored the innings and maintained a steady flow of runs.
Kohli’s historic moment arrived during the 49th over, as he elegantly drove Kagiso Rabada through the covers to complete his century.
It took him 118 deliveries, featuring 10 well-timed boundaries, to reach his 79th international ton. In celebration of this remarkable feat, Kohli acknowledged the crowd’s support with a modest gesture, outstretching his arms in gratitude.