NEW DELHI: Superstar of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli, turned 29 today with wishes pouring in from his teammates in the national dressing room to his countless fans across the world.
Kohli did not get the result that he wanted against New Zealand in the second T20 International last night in Rajkot but that did not stop the wild celebrations as his teammates smeared the big birthday cake all over his face.
While he celebrated with the entire squad, wishes flooded in from all around the world.
Kohli's idol Sachin Tendulkar was among the many big cricketing names who congratulated the Indian captain.
"A young, passionate cricketer is now the leader of a world beating team. U've come a long way, wish you tons of success ??#HappyBirthdayVirat," tweeted Tendulkar.
After being part of the celebrations, coach Ravi Shastri wrote: "Happy Birthday, @imVkohli. Have yet another fabulous year. God bless."
Former India batsman VVS Laxman added: "Wishing the best in everything you do in your life @imVkohli. May your dedication & passion continue to inspire us all." Kohli has shattered a host of records but many greats of the game feel his best is yet to come.
During the ODI series, he became the fastest to get to 9000 runs and that was just days after he surpassed Ricky Ponting to be second in the list of all-time ODI century makers with 31 centuries, only behind Tendulkar (49).
His numbers across formats are staggering. Kohli averages 49.55 in 60 Tests, 55.74 202 ODIs and 53.97 in 54 T20 Internationals. In total, he has amassed 49 international hundreds.