Everything revolves around Virat Kohli, the guy who, during yesterday night’s IND vs. RSA match, not only celebrated his birthday but also made it a spectacle by hitting an exhilarating century that left everyone in amazement. His performance elevated the already ardent appreciation of his audience to whole new levels. After Anushka Sharma’s birthday message for her husband went viral, even she couldn’t stop praising Kohli. Anushka made Kohli into a total hero by highlighting how successful he is in every area of his life in a post that touched his heart. However, it was Kevin Pietersen’s sly reply that gave the story an unanticipated turn.
It all began when Anushka shared a picture of Kohli on social media with the amusing cricket fact that he is the first player to ever take a wicket on his first delivery in a Twenty20 International match. The sincere comment from Anushka said, “He is indeed EXCEPTIONAL in every position in his life! But somehow keeps adorning his magnificent hat with fresh feathers… I will always and forever adore you, YOUUU, in all its manifestations and forms, through this life and beyond.
At that point, former England captain Kevin Pietersen entered the fray—he was the first wicket that Kohli claimed in that historic 2011 Twenty20 International match against England. “The caption should be – Thank you, Kevin, for always looking out for my husband!” he joked in response to Anushka.
For those who are not aware with the history, in a 2011 T20I encounter, Kohli delivered a wide ball, which resulted in his being removed from the game after MS Dhoni stumped Kevin Pietersen. With a wicket from his first delivery, Kohli continues to be the only man in men’s international cricket to accomplish this extraordinary achievement.
And if you believed it to be the conclusion of the tale, reconsider. In the cricket world, Kohli is still writing the screenplay for his legend. He just added more ruffles to his already full headgear as he matched the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 hundreds in One-Day Internationals. Additionally, he became a member of an exclusive group when he became the third batter from India to hit an ODI century on his birthday. The other two were Vinod Kambli, who accomplished the same feat against England on his 21st birthday, and the “Master Blaster,” who accomplished it on his 25th birthday in 1998.