Last Updated on Sunday 5 November 2023 by Chetansingh Chauhan
Indian Cricketers Send Heartfelt Birthday Wishes to Virat Kohli
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On November 5, 2023, former Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli turned 35. As he prepared to face South Africa in the World Cup 2023 at Eden Gardens on his special day, his teammates came together to create a wonderful video for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to wish him a happy birthday.
Shubman Gill and Ravichandran Ashwin were among the players who led the birthday wishes, and they had some incredible things to say about the legendary batsman.
In the ICC video, young Indian cricketer Shubman Gill praised Kohli’s extraordinary hunger and passion for the game, saying, “His hunger and his passion for the game are unparalleled. I have not seen anyone who is as hungry and as passionate as him.”
Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Ravichandran Ashwin, along with India’s head coach Rahul Dravid, also shared their thoughts in the special video.
Jasprit Bumrah commended Kohli’s unwavering dedication and fire towards the game, even after playing for a long time, saying, “That fire and dedication towards the game after playing for so long has not fallen down. It only keeps on getting up. So that is something that I can also learn and everyone who watches the game, I am sure, learns a lot from.”
Hardik Pandya highlighted Kohli’s fitness and his influence on the game, stating, “He has got the fitness culture. He has got the bond. He’s always there in the game. And that is something I think which will inspire, obviously a lot of us, but at the same point of time, a lot of millions of fans as well.”
Ravichandran Ashwin credited Kohli for changing the way people in India think about cricket and how one batsman needs to perceive it. How one batter needs to prepare for a game.”
India’s head coach Rahul Dravid also had some special words for Kohli, describing him as a legend and emphasizing his remarkable performances in the ODI format. Dravid noted that Kohli has set a benchmark for his generation of cricketers.
In summary, Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday was celebrated with heartfelt wishes and admiration from his fellow cricketers, who recognized his incredible passion and contributions to the game.