In a momentous and star-studded celebration, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Snehasish Ganguly presented the illustrious Indian cricketer Virat Kohli with a golden-plated bat on his 35th birthday. This extraordinary gift came on a day when Kohli etched his name in the record books once again with his 49th ODI century.
The cricketing world watched in awe as Virat Kohli celebrated his birthday in style, not only with a priceless gift but also with an exceptional on-field performance. His record-equalling 49th ODI century, combined with a remarkable five-wicket haul from Ravindra Jadeja, highlighted a day to remember as India secured their eighth consecutive win in the ongoing World Cup.
The golden-plated bat, a gift from CAB president Snehasish Ganguly, was inscribed with a heartfelt message, “Happy Birthday, Virat.” Below this, a profound message read, “You are a symbol of dedication and a living proof that age is just a number.” This gesture of appreciation reflected Kohli’s unwavering commitment to the sport and his exceptional ability to defy age and continue to excel on the international stage.
Virat Kohli’s exceptional innings against South Africa was the highlight of the day, and it seemed as if he was determined to make his birthday truly special. With precision and poise, Kohli played a perfectly timed and paced innings, scoring a century off 121 balls. His knock included 10 crisply struck boundaries, and he maintained an impressive strike rate of 83.47.
Kolkata, West Bengal | CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) President Snehasish Ganguly gifted a gold-plated bat as a memento to Virat Kohli on his birthday.
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This century was not just another addition to Kohli’s incredible tally but also a significant milestone. It marked his 49th ODI century, placing him just one century away from becoming the first player to reach the historic 50-century mark in ODIs.
Kohli’s century in this World Cup match was not just a personal triumph but also a tribute to his journey in international cricket. It was a poignant return to the same ground where he had scored his first-ever international century back in 2009, against Sri Lanka. This connection with his early success added a sentimental layer to the achievement.
With this century, Kohli also secured his 79th international century, spanning across various formats of the game. Of these, 49 centuries have come in ODIs, 29 in Test matches, and one in T20Is, showcasing his adaptability and versatility.
Virat Kohli remarkable achievement places him second on the list of international century-makers, with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar leading the way with an astounding 100 international centuries. Kohli’s consistent brilliance has seen him join an elite group of players who have scored centuries on their birthdays, a list that includes the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, and Mitchell Marsh.
In World Cup matches, Kohli’s performance has been nothing short of outstanding. In 34 World Cup games, he has amassed 1,573 runs at an average of 58.25, which includes four centuries and ten half-centuries. His highest score in the quadrennial showpiece is 107, a reflection of his ability to rise to the occasion on the grandest stage of them all.
The ongoing World Cup has been a platform for Kohli to shine once again. In eight matches, he has accumulated a staggering 542 runs at an average of 108.40, featuring two centuries and four fifties. His highest score in the tournament is an unbeaten 103*, making him the second-highest run-scorer in the competition so far.