Virat Kohli blows flying kisses and makes funny faces on video call with Anushka Sharma and kids after T20 World Cup win

It was an emotional day for Virat Kohli at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Saturday. The 35-year-old completed the last lost item from his international white-ball trophy cabinet as he scored a match-winning 76 off 59 balls to help India beat South Africa by seven runs to win the T20 World Cup trophy. This was India's second World Cup title in the format and their first in 17 years. Kohli later announced his retirement from the format as well and handed over the baton to the next generation of players.

Virat Kohli during a video call with Anushka Sharma and kids after the T20 World Cup win

India's top order collapsed after batting first in the final on Saturday, with Keshav Maharaj dismissing Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in the same over while Kagiso Rabada dismissed Suryakumar Yadav with a slower ball. Kohli, who has scored only 75 runs in seven innings so far, has registered his worst T20 World Cup performance, he has perhaps saved the best for the last, just like MS Dhoni did in the 2011 ODI World Cup.

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Joining Axar Patel, the pair put together a 72-run partnership to steady India's innings before he was left smashing a flurry of boundaries against Marco Jansen in the death overs. He eventually made 76 off 59 balls, his only fifty-plus score in the tournament, helping India post a target of 177.

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Jasprit Bumrah played a key role in India's victory by scoring 25 runs off the last 25 balls after Heinrich Klaasen's aggressive half-century. The right-arm bowler took two wickets while Hardik Pandya took three wickets as India restricted South Africa to 169 for eight and won their second T20 World Cup and first ICC trophy in 11 years.

After the win, Kohli was seen breaking down in tears while congratulating his teammates and was later spotted celebrating with them in Barbados before he officially retires from the game. His wife Anushka Sharma might not have been able to make it to Barbados for the big night but she was present with Kohli after the celebrations. The former Indian captain was seen making funny faces and blowing flying kisses during a video call with Anushka and the kids.

– 'This was my last T20 match for India' –

There was always speculation about whether Kohli and Rohit would continue playing the format given the next T20 World Cup is two years away, and the 35-year-old spoke about it after receiving the Player of the Match trophy on Saturday.

He said, “This was my last T20 match for India. We wanted to win that cup. [if he is confirming if this was his last T20I] He said, “Yes, I have done that, it was an open secret. It was not something I was going to declare even if I lost. It is time for the next generation to take the T20 game forward and create wonders, like we have seen them do in the IPL.”

Rohit also joined Kohli after some time, thus retiring from T20Is as well, allowing the duo to focus on the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy, which will likely be their last limited-overs trophy for India.

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