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Kohli Gets A Gold Bat For Birthday!

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Last updated on: November 06, 2023 11:38 IST
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IMAGE: Cricket Association of Bengal President Snehashish Ganguly, centre, with Virat Kohli at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Photograph: ANI/X

Cricket Association of Bengal President Snehasish Ganguly presented star batter Virat Kohli with a golden bat from the CAB on his 35th birthday on Sunday.

The inscription on the bat read: 'Happy Birthday, Virat. You are a symbol of dedication and a living proof that age is just a number.'

Virat also cut a giant cake, with a Virat statue atop.

In the game against South Africa, Kohli scored 101 off 121 balls with 10 fours and a strike rate of 83.47. He is now just one century away from becoming the first player to smash 50 ODI centuries.

Virat's century is his 79th in international cricket: 49 ODI centuries, 29 Test tons, one T20I hundred.

Virat's record-equalling ton came at the same ground -- the Eden Gardens -- where he scored his first international ton against Sri Lanka in 2009.

He now has the second highest number of centuries in international cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar's 100 centuries.

He also joined an elite club of batters who have scored a century on their birthdays: Sachin, Vinod Kambli, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, and Mitchell Marsh.

In 34 World Cup matches, Virat has 1,573 runs at an average of 58.25, with four centuries and 10 fifties. His best score in the competition is 107.

In eight World Cup 2023 games, Virat has scored 542 runs at an average of 108.40, with two centuries and four fifties. His best score is 103*. He is the second-highest run-getter in the tournament so far.

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