Kohli’s brilliant performance won applause from all quarters. Politicians, celebrities and leaders from across the country lavished praise on the cricketer, with many calling him the ultimate king.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter account to congratulate Team India. He said it was a well-fought victory and also praised Kohli for his “remarkable tenacity”. The Prime Minister ended his tweet by wishing him luck in the upcoming matches.
“Team India scores a well-earned victory!” Congratulations on an outstanding performance today. Special credit to Virat Kohli for a spectacular innings where he showed exceptional tenacity. Best wishes for the games ahead,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Team India scores a well-earned victory! Congratulations on an outstanding performance today. Special mention… https://t.co/7KIsphAULl
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1666545671000
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet that the victory heralded the start of Diwali. Shah also hailed Kohli’s performance. “A perfect way to start the T20 World Cup. Diwali begins. What a great innings by @imVKohlija. Congratulations to the entire team,” Shah’s tweet reads.
Perfect way to start the T20 World Cup… Deepavali begins 🙂 What a great innings imVkohli.Congratulations… https://t.co/tbB4dKi72i
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1666526360000
On the other hand, Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the thriller match as one of the biggest victories under pressure. “What a thriller of a match against Pakistan!” One of the biggest wins under pressure. Well done #TeamIndia, good luck in the matches ahead,” he tweeted.
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What a thriller of a match against Pakistan! One of the biggest wins under pressure. Well done #TeamIndia… https://t.co/CSgrZ15H93
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1666527235000
Bollywood Pours Love
After the historic win, several Bollywood stars took to their social media to congratulate the team and praised Kohli’s masterstroke.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to his Twitter account to express his joy over the win. He said that it was really good to see a great game of cricket and it was a wonderful feeling to see India win. King Khan said it was inspiring to see Kohli crying and laughing, especially with the song ‘Chak de India’ playing in the background. He said that Happy Diwali is starting right now.
“It’s so nice to see a great game of cricket. So great to see India win. So great to see @imVkohli batting….and so inspiring to see him crying and laughing….and Chak de India background!! Happy Diwali begins now!!!” read Khan’s tweet.
So nice to see a great game of cricket. So great to see India win. So great to see imVkohli batting….and s… https://t.co/s5PF8UvKsuA
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) 1666535411000
Abhishek Bachchan who was over the moon expressed his excitement in a short tweet. ‘King Kohli!!! It’s a tweet.” read his tweet.
King Kohli!!!It’s a tweet. 💙
— Abhishek (@juniorbachchan) 1666526289000
Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar posted a picture of Virat Kohli on his Instagram account with the caption, “What a boss, you absolute beauty.”
Meanwhile, actress Anushka Sharma posted an emotional note dedicated to her husband on her Instagram account. “You beauty!! Damn beauty!! You brought so much joy into people’s lives tonight and that’s on the eve of Diwali!” Sharma started her fast.
The actress said that she is proud of Kohli and that his strength is contagious and limitless.
Meanwhile, reacting to the stunning win, Kohli said that the innings from Sunday’s match was his best in the format, even after his Mohali knock against Australia in 2016. “Until today, Mohali was my best innings against Australia. I will count this one more today. Hardik kept pushing me. The audience was phenomenal. You guys (fans) have supported me and I am grateful for your support,” Kohli said.