As he walked up the steps of the MCG gallery, Kohli was all smiles, shaking hands with all who wished him.
“Aapne kabhi sarvajanik tarikhe se apna janamdin manaya hai Virat? (Did you ever celebrate your birthday with the media, Virat?” asked a senior journalist.
“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 was back.
“I’m not answering any questions,” he said. “It’s nice to cut a cake at the MCG. I’d preferably like to cut one,” he smiled, hinting after next Sunday’s T20 World Cup final, and what he’d like to cut is a celebratory cake after winning the trophy for India.
Birthday Celebrations ON in Australia 🎂 🎉Happy Birthday @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 batting session, against the net bowlers along with Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj.
Ravichandran Ashwin informed during his media interaction that the former captain did cut a cake in the dressing room.
“Yes, we got a cake. Rishabh had it. Just before we come for practice, yes,” Ashwin joked when asked about how the team celebrated.
Credit to the Indian team’s media wing and the ICC that when a request was made whether Kohli would come for a small celebration with the Indian media contingent, they readily agreed.
One of the traveling journalists was given a cake and another senior scribe presented him with a special painting bought from Jaipur of a Rajasthani ‘King’. A king’s image for ‘King Kohli’.
“Bhai badi acchi cake hain, kisne laya hain (Brother, it’s a nice cake, who got it?” he inquired, thanking the reporter who quickly arranged it.
“Thank you, it’s very nice.”
Someone requested a group photo and he immediately agreed. The struggle to stand right next to the man of the hour and be relevant was there to see, as he patiently waited for the photojournalists to take pictures.
He gave autographs, thank you birthday messages on Youtube channels. Kohli looked happy and satisfied. He scores runs, the team wins and he’s 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
Buy flats in Kohli crescent
Recently, some property developers in the Victorian suburb of Rockbank, about a 40-minute drive from the CBD (Central Business District), came up with a street named after the Indian batting maestro – Kohli Crescent. There is another called Tendulkar Way.
The real estate company used a clever marketing ploy to attract buyers from the Indian and South Asian diaspora.
There are also roads named after Sir Garfield Sobers, Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis in that area and this helps the promoters to sell the houses.
“It has nothing to do with tribute. A cricket connection is the easiest way to sell the product. House No. 18 (Kohli’s jersey no) is owned by an Indian. Properties in this suburb are a hit among NRI Indian,” a Melbourne-based NRI told PTI.