Legendary South Africa National Cricket Team batter AB de Villiers has sent a heartfelt message to his “very good friend” and former India National Cricket Team captain, Virat Kohli, ahead of his 100th game in the T20I format.
Kohli and De Villiers have shared the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dressing room in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a decade. They were an integral part of the franchise for several years and played some memorable knocks together. Former India captain and former Proteas captain share a great bond with each other and they have maintained a great friendship both on and off the field.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old Kohli, who is going through a lean patch, is all set to return to action in the Asia Cup 2022 after a break of over a month.
Kohli will be seen in action in the second match of the Asia Cup between Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Babar Azam-led Pakistan National Cricket Team at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, August 28.
The high-voltage India-Pakistan match will be Kohli’s 100th game in the T20I format and he will become only the second India National Cricket Team player after Rohit Sharma to achieve this unique milestone.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my very good friend Virat Kohli – AB de Villiers
Speaking in a video shared by Star Sports on Twitter, the former South Africa captain congratulated Kohli on becoming the first India National Cricket Team player to play 100 matches in all three formats of the game.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my very good friend Virat Kohli on becoming the first Indian cricket player to play 100 matches across all three formats. What an amazing achievement, Virat. We’re all very proud of you and all the very best in your 100th T20 international game. We will be watching you,” said Kohli.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) August 28, 2022
Notably, Kohli, who has so far played 102 Tests and 262 ODIs for Team India, will become the first Indian cricketer and only the second cricketer to play 100 matches in all three formats of the game. The first player to reach this enormous landmark was legendary New Zealand National Cricket Team batter Ross Taylor.
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