Virat Kohli dedicated his half-century to his daughter with an adorable cradle gesture on Sunday in the third and final ODI against South Africa at Newlands, Capetown. The former Indian skipper took 63 deliveries to reach his 64th fifty and got there with a nudge for a single towards the sweeper cover.
This was Kohli’s second fifty of the series after scoring 51 from 63 deliveries in the first match at Paarl before getting out for a five-ball duck in the second match.
After getting to the fifty for the second time in the series, Kohli was seen doing the cradle gesture, pointing to Anushka Sharma and their daughter. Anushka, in reply, was seen clapping and cheering for Virat and then she asked Vamika to look at her father before planting a kiss on her cheeks.
The gesture made highlights as this was the first time Vamika’s face was caught on camera.
As the camerapeople captured them, many other portals picked the images and videos. However, it had the netizens separated. While many began to share the picture of Vamika and talk about how adorable they were, Kohli fans wanted to delete them all and even asked their fellow fans to report those tweets as they breached Kohli-Anushka’s privacy.
“The broadcaster should have respected their privacy,” one tweet read, while another added, “It was so wrong of SuperSport to show Vamika’s face especially when Virat and Anushka had specifically asked not to do so.”
Earlier, Virat and Anushka had requested the media not to share the pictures of their daughters and also posted a thank you note for the paparazzi for not publishing their daughter’s pictures.
The note read-
“We seek privacy for our child and would like to do our best to give her a chance to live her life freely away from media and social media. As she is older, we cannot restrict her movement, and hence your support is needed so kindly practice (refrain) in the matter. A special thank you to fan clubs and people of the internet for going out of your way to not post images. It was kind and highly mature of you”
India suffers clean sweep vs South Africa
After losing the Test series 2-1, India couldn’t find the right balance for the ODIs as the team faced a clean sweep in the South African soil on Sunday.
At the Capetown, KL Rahul opted to field first. The Indian men made as many as four changes to the line-up. The team brought Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Prasidh Krishna and Deepak Chahar into the playing eleven for Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Venkatesh Iyer and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Well, the changes didn’t bring in any fortune for the team as Quinton de Kock continued to dominate against India and got to yet another hundred against the visitors. He had the support of Rassie van der Dussen, who made it to a half-century.
With some disciplined bowling in the death overs, India got all the South African men and restricted them to 287.
In reply to what looked like a modest total, India lost the skipper early but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli formed a much-needed partnership to get the Indian innings going.
Dhawan made 61 from 73 and was the first to go. Kohli didn’t last long either as the former skipper went to Maharaj once again.
The Indian middle-order looked feeble yet again as they couldn’t convert the starts to a big score. Suryakumar Yadav made 39 while Shreyas Iyer managed 26.
With more than 60 runs needed to avoid the clean sweep, Deepak Chahar lived up to the expectations and kept the Indian hopes alive. He went for 34-ball 54.
India then needed six from six deliveries with the last two batters at the crease. A single in the first delivery of the over brought Chahal to the strike. The Indian spinner tried to hit the ball hard but found the leading edge. Miller grabbed an easy catch at the point and completed the clean sweep. Quinton de Kock grabbed both player of the match as well as player of the series award.
India will return home and will host West Indies and then Sri Lanka in February month.