As he walked up the stairs of the MCG gallery, Kohli smiled and shook hands with anyone who wished him.
“Aapne kabhi sarvajanik tarikhe se apna janamdin manaya hai Virat? (Have you ever celebrated your birthday with the media, Virat?” a senior journalist asked.
“Aap logon ne pehle toh kabhi mujhe janamdin pe cake bheja bhi naahin (you never sent me a cake on my birthdays),” he said with a beaming smile.
He was asked to give a speech and the wry smile returned.
“I don’t answer any questions,” he said. “It’s nice to cut a pie at the MCG. I would have loved to have cut one pie,” he smiled, referring to next Sunday’s T20 World Cup final, and what he would like to cut is a celebratory pie. after winning the trophy for India.
Birthday Celebrations ON in Australia 🎂 🎉Congratulations @imVkohli & @PaddyUpton1 👏 👏 #TeamIndia | #T20WorldCup https://t.co/sPB2vHVHw4
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1667630724000
India had just finished their net session and Kohli had a good half hour hitting session, facing the net bowlers along with Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj.
Ravichandran Ashwin had said during his media interaction that the former captain was cutting a cake in the dressing room.
“Yes, we have a cake. Rishabh had it. Just before we came to practice, yes,” Ashwin had joked when asked how the team is celebrating.
Thanks to the media wing of the Indian team and the ICC that when a request was made for Kohli to come for a small party with the Indian media contingent, they immediately agreed.
One of the traveling journalists was given a cake and another senior writer handed him a special painting he had bought in Jaipur from a Rajasthani ‘king’. A king’s portrait for ‘King Kohli’.
“Bhai badi accchi cake hain, kisne laya hain (Brother, it’s a nice cake, who has it?” he inquired, thanking the reporter who arranged it quickly.
“Thank you, it’s very tasty.”
Someone asked for a group photo and he immediately agreed. The jostling to stand next to the man of the hour and be relevant could be seen, as he patiently waited for the photojournalists to take pictures.
He gave autographs, thank you birthday messages on YouTube channels. Kohli looked happy and content. He scores points, the team wins and he is in a very happy space.
From enjoying batting in Australia to sharing a common team vision with #TeamIndia captain @ImRo45 🙌 🙌Getting can… https://t.co/WaRBnDCTxA
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1667626078000
Buying apartments in Kohli Crescent
Recently, some real estate developers in the Victorian suburb of Rockbank, about a 40-minute drive from the CBD (Central Business District), have been given a street named after the Indian batting maestro – Kohli Crescent. There is another one called Tendulkar Way.
The real estate company has used a clever marketing ploy to lure buyers from the Indian and South Asian diaspora.
There are also roads named after Sir Garfield Sobers, Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis in that place, and it helps the promoters to sell the houses.
“It has nothing to do with paying tribute. A cricket connection is the easiest way to sell the product. House No. 18 (Kohli’s jersey is No) is owned by an Indian. Homes in this suburb are a hit among NRI Indians, a Melbourne-based NRA told PTI.