Kohli missed half a century with a whisker while remaining undefeated at 49, with India leading a goal of 238 South Africa.
India won the match by 16 runs and clinched the three-match T20 series by winning the first two matches.
The capacity crowd of nearly 39,000 at the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) Stadium here had reserved the loudest cheers for the former Team India captain.
Kohli praised the massive support and expressed his gratitude to the crowd on Twitter.
“Great game. Great atmosphere. Thank you Guwahati,” the star player wrote, sharing photos of the game in a Tweet after midnight.
Great game. Great atmosphere. Thank you Guwahati. ??? https://t.co/pId8ITMQRA
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1664736176000
Prime Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmawho attended the contest shared the Tweet, writing: “Thank you so much @imVkohli.”
Thank you so much @imVkohli. https://t.co/jhjfOFoP9p
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) 1664785674000
Kohli’s fans, who ignored and missed damp conditions Durga Puja Sunday festivities to see their favorite cricketer in action also responded with the same love to the microblogging site.
Cricket follower and journalist Bidisha Singha wrote: “Thank you Champ! What a selfless knock…”
Thanks Champ! What a selfless knock… https://t.co/eb9uKgmIrA
— bidisha singha (@bidishasingha) 1664788847000
Virat Kohli gave Surya Kumar Yadavi (61 from 22 balls) perfect support and became the first Indian to reach 11,000 T20 runs during his 49 not out.
He also gave finisher Dinesh Karthik the maximum stroke. Karthik hit 17 not out of seven balls.
Another Kohli fan Sasanka Chakraborty tweeted, “Thanks for the wave today @imVkohli.”
@imVkohli Thanks for the wave today @imVkohli. https://t.co/p8m5ortrds
— Sashanka Chakraborty ?? (@SashankGuw) 1664738262000
He shared a clip of Kohli waving to the stands after practice just before the start of the game.
Kohli had also posed for photos with fans during net practice in the stadium on match night, receiving praise from game fans.