The most awaited moment for the cricketing fans from two across the border is here. After almost two days of delay, Virat Kohli responded to Babar Azam’s message. And it has taken the world by storm.
Earlier this week, when Virat Kohli managed 16 runs at the Lord’s ODI, Babar Azam took it to his social media to show support for the Indian player.
Kohli replies to Babar Azam
The Pakistani skipper was well aware of the talks surrounding Kohli. And he knew that after his bad performance at Lords, there would be more questions aimed at Kohli. Hence, he decided to show his support and faith in the man with most centuries amid un-retired players.
In his post that he shared across different platforms, Babar wrote, “this too shall pass. Stay strong.”
Two days later, Virat Kohli replied to Babar on Twitter. And his message won millions of hearts across the world. Responding to the tweet, Kohli wrote, “Thank you, keep shining and rising. Wish you all the best.”
With this tweet, Kohli has shown that the players on either side might be divided by boundaries. But cricket as a sport has managed to unite them.
Decoding Kohli’s reply to Babar Azam on Twitter
The tweet by Kohli can be understood in three terms.
The first part of the tweet clearly is a reply to the support shown by the Pakistani skipper. While the second part seems to be alluding to the recent run of form Babar has had in ODI cricket. The 28-year-old has 3 centuries and 2 half-centuries in the 6 ODIs he has played in 2022.
His great recent run of form also made him the number 1 ICC ODI batter.
The final part of the tweet is a wish for Pakistan as they face Sri Lanka. The first test between Pakistan and host Sri Lanka is being played at Galle.
Sri Lanka recently handed Australia a humiliating defeat by an inning in the second test. They look to be in rearing form at their home turf. Hence, Kohli might have wished him luck as he is currently on the crease. Batting at 1* off 7 deliveries. Pakistan has lost 2 wickets for 24 runs as they chase the first inning lead of 222 by Sri Lanka.
Kohli will be seen in action during the final ODI between India and England, which will be played in Manchester.