Watch: Kusal Mendis's quirky reply about Virat Kohli's 49th ODI century

ODI World Cup 2023, Cricket News: Kusal Mendis gives a quirky reply to a journalist when the latter asks the Sri Lankan about Virat's 49th ODI Hundred against South Africa.

Sarah Andrew
Nov 06, 2023 13:02 IST
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Kusal Mendis and Virat Kohli

Kusal Mendis and Virat Kohli (Source: Twitter)

In the highly competitive ODI World Cup 2023, a cloud of uncertainty hovers over the impending clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Match 38, set to take place in Delhi. The reason for this uncertainty is Delhi's alarming air quality, which raises concerns regarding the well-being of the players and the possibility of the match being abandoned.

The deteriorating air quality in the city has prompted both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to cancel their practice sessions, and in response, the International Cricket Board (ICB) has sought advice from a pulmonologist to ensure the safety of the players and officials. The question of whether this crucial encounter will proceed or be affected by the environmental conditions remains unanswered.

While the future of the Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh match hangs in the balance, the ODI World Cup 2023 has witnessed India's remarkable journey. In an impressive display of skill and dominance, India secured their eighth consecutive victory by defeating South Africa with a staggering margin of 243 runs.

Virat Kohli equalled Sachin Tendulkar's record of ODI centuries

The star of the day was none other than Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who celebrated his 35th birthday in grand style. Kohli's incredible performance included scoring his 49th ODI century, an accomplishment that places him on equal footing with his cricketing idol, Sachin Tendulkar, who also boasts 49 ODI centuries. Kohli's feat has sent ripples of excitement and admiration throughout the cricketing world.

Amidst the fanfare surrounding Virat Kohli's historic century, Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis unexpectedly found himself in the spotlight. During a press conference ahead of their match, a reporter asked Mendis if he would like to extend congratulations to Kohli for his remarkable achievement.

In a light-hearted response, Mendis quipped, "Why would I congratulate him?" This offhand remark quickly garnered the attention of cricket enthusiasts and sparked a lively debate among fans. While some of Kohli's supporters expressed their disappointment with Mendis's response, others defended it, citing the competitive nature of international cricket as a valid reason for his reaction. The incident vividly illustrates the passionate following and fervour surrounding cricket, where even the smallest interactions can lead to intense discussions and debates on social media.

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As the outcome of the Sri Lanka vs. Bangladesh match remains uncertain, the ODI World Cup 2023 continues to offer excitement and unexpected moments that keep cricket enthusiasts thoroughly engaged and enthralled. The tournament is not only a showcase of cricketing talent but also a reminder of the sport's ability to captivate and unite fans worldwide.

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