Star Indian batter Virat Kohli will celebrate his birthday tomorrow, that is – November 5. While Virat, his plethora of fans and the entire Indian team will have plans for the special day, Kohli’s birthday seems to have come early. A day before the former India captain turns 34, birthday wishes are already pouring in for Kohli, while Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell dropped a heartwarming message for Kohli on live TV.
After Australia’s narrow win over Afghanistan at the T20 World Cup, Maxwell was ready for an interview with famed sports channel Neroli Meadows. It is important to note that despite Australia’s hopes in the semi-finals, depending on the outcome of the England vs Sri Lanka match, Maxwell appeared cheerful when he wished his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Kohli in advance.
“Yes, so tomorrow I want to wish one of my very good friends, Virat Kohli, a very happy birthday. Have a nice day. I’ll text you anyway. Have fun, mate,” Maxwell said.
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Kohli and Maxwell have been teammates at RCB for two seasons. Maxwell joined RCB from Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) in 2021 after endured a horror season with the 2014 IPL runner-up struggling, scoring just 108 runs from 14 matches. The following year, Maxwell hit top gear when he amassed 511 runs from 15 games with a strike rate of 144.10, a season in which he hit six half-centuries. At the IPL mega sale, Maxwell was held by RCB for: 11 crore and scored 301 runs from 13 matches in IPL 2022.
Back to the game in Afghanistan, Maxwell was named Player of the Match for his 54 not out innings on 32 balls, bringing Australia to 168/8. Maxwell, an all-rounder on the team, was unable to bowl but took a clever catch to sack Najibullah Zadran.
“It was nice to have an impact on the pitch. I knew I wouldn’t have much impact with the ball with the conditions they were in. Having an impact is nice. During the day it was quite slow and spinning, kept it a little stand,” he added.
While Maxwell praised Afghanistan for the fight their batters showed, he knows what’s at stake on Saturday as England take on Sri Lanka in the final Group 1 game. If England win, they will go through and join New Zealand in the semi-finals, while Australia, to qualify for the semi-finals, will have to beat already eliminated Sri Lanka Jos Buttler and his team. Maxwell, who found himself in a similar situation during the IPL a few months ago, said he and the Aussies will be cheering on the Lankans at the crunch match in Sydney tomorrow.
“Afghanistan played really well, they hit the ball really neatly. At the beginning they put pressure on us in the power play. We were able to stop them but then there was a pretty clean shot to the back and gave us a bit of a scare,” said Maxwell.
“It was pretty hard to press on the issue. We got to about the 12th over the border where we just had to put a total on the board to make sure we gave ourselves a shot at winning the game. we tried to go hard they (Afghanistan) bowled extremely well in the last four overs They executed their plans and it was hard to get away We will follow (England vs Sri Lanka) we got ourselves in this situation but hopefully Sri Lanka can do the job for us.”