The second Test match between India and West Indies not only marked Virat Kohli’s 500th international appearance for India but also provided some heartwarming moments captured by the stump mic. During the opening day at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, there were several conversations between West Indies wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva and Kohli.
In one such exchange, Joshua revealed that his mother is a huge fan of Kohli and was on her way to the venue to watch him play. “My mom called me and told me she’s coming to watch the match for Virat Kohli, I couldn’t believe it,” Joshua shared on Day 1.
True to her word, Joshua’s mother was present at the stadium to witness Kohli’s stellar performance. On Day 2, Kohli ended his overseas Test century drought, scoring an impressive 121 runs, marking his 29th century in the format and 76th in international cricket.
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Virat Kohli’s innings helped India post a formidable total of 438 in the first innings, securing a lead of 352 runs by the end of Day 2 after picking up one wicket. Later in the day, Joshua’s mother had a heartwarming encounter with Kohli near the Team India bus. She hugged him and couldn’t hold back her tears, showcasing her admiration and appreciation for the Indian cricketer. Joshua captured the emotional moment in pictures.
“Kohli is one of the best batsmen in our lifetime. So it is an honour for me to meet him and my son to be on the same field as him,” Joshua’s mother expressed in a video shared by journalist Vimal Kumar.
As the third day approaches, West Indies will resume their innings at 86 for one, with captain Kraigg Brathwaite on 37* and Kirk McKenzie on 14*. The hosts are determined to bounce back and aim to draw the series after suffering an innings defeat in the opener last week in Dominica.