NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli came close to scoring his 49th ODI hundred which would have tied him with Sachin Tendulkar‘s record but the star India batter missed out on a milestone as he perished on 95 and 88 against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively in the World Cup matches.
Now, Kohli will have another shot at history on his birthday when India take on South Africa on Sunday at Eden Gardens.However, head coachRahul Dravid reckoned that the former skipper is neither thinking about his hundred nor his birthday.”Yeah, and I think Virat’s been really relaxed and as you can see in his performances, you know, batting really well for us, really keen to do well as he always is. So, look, I haven’t noticed anything different. He’s always been the same,” Dravid told the reporters.
“He’s always been professional, always been hardworking, always been switched on. So, nothing different. And no, I don’t really think he’s thinking too much about 49 and 50, and probably certainly not about his birthday getting a year older. But no, I think he’s been really focused on winning the tournament and playing some good cricket for us. I think he’s doing that really well,” Dravid added.

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar had predicted that Kohli would mark his 50th ODI century on his birthday, amidst a roaring and standing ovation from the enthusiastic Kolkata crowd.
“Kohli will slam his 50th century against South Africa at the Eden Gardens and what better occasion than his birthday? It’s a sight when you slam a ton there because the Kolkata crowd gives you a standing ovation, and cheers for you, the air is filled with whistles and claps. It is a moment to savour for every batter,” Gavaskar had said on Star Sports.

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