Anushka Sharma, the celebrated Bollywood actress, and wife of the cricket maestro, was in attendance at the stadium, expressing her delight with cheers and displaying happiness at Virat’s remarkable feat.
Indian cricket maestro Virat Kohli claimed his inaugural World Cup wicket, dismissing Netherlands’ captain Scott Edwards during the conclusive league match of the tournament. Rohit Sharma, India’s skipper, entrusted Kohli with the ball, and in his second over, a delivery down the leg stump resulted in an outside edge caught sharply by KL Rahul.
The crowd erupted in celebration as the umpire signaled Edwards’ departure, and Kohli, displaying his joy, turned towards the stands. Anushka Sharma, Kohli’s wife, was in attendance, and her reaction quickly became a viral sensation.
It’s worth noting that the undefeated Indian team convincingly defeated the Netherlands by 160 runs in the 45th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, concluding their flawless group-stage performance with nine wins in as many matches.
Topping the World Cup points table with 18 points, India elected to bat first, with their sights set on a semi-final clash against New Zealand. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul orchestrated a commanding batting display, both scoring attacking centuries to propel India to a massive total of 410-4.
Iyer’s unbeaten 128 off 94 balls marked his first World Cup century, while Rahul’s blistering ton came in just 62 balls, setting a record for the fastest Indian hundred in World Cups. The duo’s partnership of 208 runs laid the foundation for India’s imposing score.
Although Virat Kohli contributed with a half-century, falling for 51, the crowd’s anticipation for his 50th ODI century remained unfulfilled. Captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill initiated the innings with a solid opening stand of 100 runs, providing impetus with regular boundaries.
Gill and Rohit both notched half-centuries before departing, and India concluded their innings just shy of their highest-ever World Cup total. The team now looks forward to a semi-final clash against New Zealand on Wednesday.