In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, star India batter Virat Kohli has been phenomenal with the bat. He is currently the highest run scorer for India, with 543 runs in 8 innings at an average of 108.6. Kohli smashed a magnificent century against South Africa on Sunday to equal Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries.
After a record-breaking innings, cricketing fervour praised Kohli for his amazing batting performances. However, Sri Lanka skipper Kusal Mendis shockingly refused to do the same. While asked about Kohli's record-breaking innings and his reaction to them, Mendis said, "Why would I congratulate him?" The video soon went viral on social media, as fans gave it a mixed reaction.
Here is the video:
On the eve of a do-or-die game against Bangladesh, the Sri Lanka skipper was addressing a press conference in Delhi. Amid the presser, a reporter informed Mendis that Kohli had completed his 49th ton and that he had a message for him. In response with a cheeky smile, Mendis said, "Why would I congratulate him?"
Can Bangladesh spoil Sri Lanka's party?
Meanwhile, in the 38th match of the ongoing tournament, Sri Lanka will face Bangladesh. The game is important for both teams, as a win here will keep their hopes alive. A win here will ensure Sri Lanka's candidature for a semifinal spot. On the other hand, Bangladesh will look to continue their hunt for a spot in the Champions Trophy 2025.
However, they will also look to ruin Sri Lanka's party in the ongoing tournament by eliminating them from it. They will also look to avenge their loss in the recently concluded Asia Cup in 2023. Meanwhile, ahead of the exciting fixture, Kusal Mendis' comments on Kohli created a stir on social media.