Virat Kohli is one of the legends of the game and the batter turned 34 on November 5, Saturday, a day prior to India’s final Super 12 encounter against Zimbabwe in the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022. During the encounter on Sunday, in a video that is going viral on the internet now, the Indian great can be seen requesting the fans to calm themselves down after they kept singing the birthday song when he was fielding in the boundary.
The hilarious gesture from Kohli has won hearts and many opined that he is still a kid at heart. While the batter only contributed 26 runs with the bat, he did not let the crowd return home disappointed as he pulled off a stunning catch in the first ball during Zimbabwe’s chase. For the unversed, Craig Ervine and his men were chasing a target of 187 and eventually fell short of the target by 72 runs in the one-sided clash.
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Will Virat Kohli's magic help India in semi-finals?
As things stand, India would depend on the Kohli factor in the knockout game against England to be played on Thursday in Adelaide. The Men in Blue last played in the summit clash in the 2014 20-20 World Cup and they are yet to taste victory in the finals since the 2007 edition.
It remains to see if India would end the 15-year drought in the ongoing edition and the team is playing in the knockouts after 6 years. The last time they played in the semi-finals was in 2016 against West Indies, which India lost and the current Indian team, with many new faces, would look to turn things around.
With 246 runs to his name, Kohli remains the leading run-scorer of the tournament, with Suryakumar Yadav being the only competitor with 225 runs, who stands third in the list of highest run-getters. Paddy Upton, the Men in Blue’s mental conditioning coach, will have a role to play as Rohit Sharma's men are known for succumbing to the pressure during knockout games. Indian fans, on the other hand, would hope that their team would make it to Melbourne on Sunday and clinch the trophy to end the long wait