International Cricket Council hailed the Indian Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli by posting his sketch ahead of India’s match against South Africa in the World Cup. The illustration has Virat Kohli seated on a throne with a bat in one hand and a ball in the other. Behind Virat Kohli, a board is hanging with their two World Cup win dates.
The image also shows Virat Kohli’s one-day international ranking with ICC logo on his cloak. While fans praised ICC’s gesture, few users were confused with the picture as they felt it looks like KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma more than Virat Kohli. One user wrote, ‘Looks more like KL Rahul than Virat Kohli.’ Another user wrote, ‘Why the Rohit Sharma look?’ A Twitter user also compared the picture with Virat Kohli’s unborn son, ‘KL Rahul and Virat Kohli’s son?’
— ICC (@ICC) June 5, 2019
Some fans also expressed the opinion that it was improper for the ICC to show such admiration for the captain of one of the teams facing off and should maintain neutrality.
ICC acting like Indian team fan. BCCI > ICC
— Tushar 🇮🇳🏏 (@mainlycricket) June 5, 2019
India took on South Africa and defeated the Proteas who were no match for Virat Kohli’ men. After winning the toss, Faf du Plessis decided to bat first, but his move backfired under the conditions, as Jasprit Bumrah sent back the South African opening partnership home quickly. Then, leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal decided to take the game on his own hands and recorded a four-wicket haul.
Congratulations to our Pride Team India for winning their debut match in #CWC19 against South Africa.
It was indeed a treat to eyes to watch India Winning.
— Dr. Rutvij Patel (@DrRutvij) June 5, 2019
In the end, South Africa were restricted to a total of 227, which India easily chased down. Despite losing Shikar Dhawan early, Rohit Sharma decided to back himself, and he held on from one side of the pitch. Virat and Dhoni lost their wickets without making much of an impact but it the man of the match knock from Rohit which helped India win their first game at the World Cup. The Blue Tigers will next face Australia on 9th June.