Netizens Share Anushka Sharma Memes After Kohli’s Ton
People on the internet teased actress Anushka Sharma, even though her husband, Virat Kohli, scored a record-breaking hundred in the ongoing second Test between India and West Indies in Port of Spain.
After Virat Kohli's 76th international century in Trinidad, Anushka Sharma posted a special message for him on Instagram.
The movie star, who has millions of followers on social media, shared a picture of Virat Kohli acknowledging the crowd's cheers after his hundred at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain. Anushka Sharma complimented it with a heart emoji.
Some Virat Kohli admirers got upset with Anushka Sharma's gesture, claiming she brought bad luck to the superstar batter. Others argued that not having Anushka Sharma in the stands was a blessing for Virat Kohli, as he could score his 29th Test hundred in her absence.
On Friday, Virat Kohli became the first cricketer to smash a hundred in his 500th international match, which happened during the second Test against West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
This second Test against the West Indies is Virat Kohli's 500th match. He has represented India in 110 Tests, 274 ODIs, and 115 T20Is.
Interestingly, Virat Kohli's 76th hundred in international cricket made him the fastest to reach this milestone, surpassing his idol Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar needed 587 innings to achieve this feat, while Virat Kohli accomplished it in just 559 innings.
During the second Test, Virat Kohli was in excellent form against the Caribbean bowlers, confidently scoring ones and twos. However, an unfortunate misunderstanding between him and Ravindra Jadeja led to his dismissal after making a well-compiled ton. A direct throw ran him out for 121.
With this century in Trinidad, Virat Kohli equaled Sir Donald Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries. Bradman is considered the greatest batter in cricket history, and this achievement brought Kohli a lot of satisfaction.
The century against West Indies helped Virat Kohli close the gap on the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, who has five centuries more than him in Test cricket. India's top hundred makers in Tests are Sachin Tendulkar (51), Rahul Dravid (36), and Sunil Gavaskar (34).
In terms of making three-figure scores at No.4 position, Virat Kohli surpassed former West Indies great Brian Lara, who scored 24 tons in that position. Kohli now has 25 centuries at that spot. Ahead of him are Sachin Tendulkar (44), Jacques Kallis (35), and Mahela Jayawardene (30).
Notably, it was Virat Kohli's first overseas hundred since 2018, when he scored a century against Australia in Perth.
In his interaction with the media at the end of Day 2, Virat Kohli did not give much importance to these stats. He said that he has 15 centuries away from home, which is not a bad record, and he is more focused on contributing to the team's success rather than chasing individual milestones.
“Honestly, these things are for others to talk on the outside. I have got 15 centuries away from home, not quite a bad record. I have got more centuries away from home than I have got at home. We haven't played 30 Test matches away from home…I just have to focus on what I can do for the team and try to bat to the best of my abilities and help the team as much as possible,” Virat Kohli said.
“These stats and milestones, if I do them in a situation where the team needs me, for me that's more special than just ticking the numbers. Honestly, it is going to mean nothing in 15-20 years. It is what impact you left on the field which is more special for me and for the team,” he added.