Whether batting or not, captain or not… Anywhere Virat Kohli goes, there will be entertainment to be had. The former captain of India puts his heart on his sleeve, and while stepping down as leader of the Indian squad, his aggression and ability to express himself have not diminished. He simply cannot be restrained from activity. Kohli would be hoping that 2023 just serves to extend 2022 after regaining his form in that year, scoring two great hundreds and playing the innings of a lifetime against Pakistan at the T20 World Cup.
Kohli returned to national duty during the first ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Guwahati after missing the T20Is last week. And the former skipper took pleasure in the action from the bench while cushioned as India's openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill put on a show by bringing up a century partnership. He was emotional as usual, cheering anytime a boundary was scored and even exchanging jabs with Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan, who were both left off of India's playing XI.
Particularly entertaining was Kohli's response to his captain Rohit's survival of a close DRS call. When spinner Wanindu Hasaranga's pitch struck Rohit on the pads while he was batting with 45 runs off of 35 balls, the entire Sri Lankan squad raised their hands in a resounding appeal. Dasun Shanaka went upstairs for a review after the on-field umpire ruled it not out. After much consideration, the decision read "not out" on the large screen.">