In a recent social media buzz surrounding Virat Kohli notched his 49th ODI century, but Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain, declined to congratulate him. India dominated South Africa, with Rohit Sharma leading the way in a 234-run victory at Eden Gardens. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer’s performances powered India to 326/5, while Ravindra Jadeja’s five-wicket haul stifled South Africa, limiting them to 83 runs.
It all began when the journalist inquired, “Virat Just scored his 49th ODI ton. Do you like to congratulate him?” To this, Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis responded with a touch of humor and a hint of sarcasm, “Why I would congratulate him 😭😭😭.”
The banter took place in the midst of the #INDvSA match, sparking a wave of comments and retweets. Cricket enthusiasts from around the world chimed in, expressing their views on the banter.
Journalist ” Virat Just scored his 49th ODI ton. Do you like to congratulate him?”
— Out Of Context Cricket PK (@GemsOfCrickett) November 5, 2023
However, the light-hearted exchange also highlighted the underlying tension and rivalry among cricket fans. Sri Lanka and India have shared intense matches in the past, most notably in the Asia Cup and the World Cup. The banter reflects the competitive spirit that thrives in the world of cricket.
Sri Lanka’s performance during the match was underwhelming, with the team struggling to score even a half-century. In contrast, Virat Kohli’s century marked a historic milestone in ICC history, earning him accolades from fans and experts alike.
While rivalry remains a driving force in cricket, it is also a testament to the sport’s popularity and the passion it ignites among fans. As fans engage in light-hearted banter and spirited debates, it’s evident that cricket continues to be a unifying force, transcending borders and boundaries.