The plaudits came in thick and fast for the India star after his match-winning knock of 82* against Pakistan at the MCG at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
A host of India greats took to social media immediately after the innings to praise Kohli for guiding the side to the thrilling victory.
.@imVkohli, it was undoubtedly the best innings of your life. It was a treat to watch you play, the six off the back foot in the 19th over against Rauf over long on was spectacular! 😮— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 23, 2022
Keep it going. 👍 #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FakWPrStMg
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! @imVkohli, what a terrific display of skills and temperament! That partnership with @hardikpandya7 changed the game. Spectacular win for India against the arch-rivals, Pakistan. Great start to the World Cup campaign. Well done #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/2TJoW0PsLw— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 23, 2022
Yaayyyy…Happyyy Deepawali— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2022
What an amazing game.High on emotions, but this is
probably the most brilliant T20 Innings i have ever seen, take a bow Virat Kohli . Chak De India #IndvsPak pic.twitter.com/3TwVbYscpa
But it wasn't just ex-India players that showed their appreciation, with many former foes on the field and current international greats also praising Kohli for his innings.
Virat, that was incredibly special my friend! The best of the best👏— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) October 23, 2022
One of the most exciting matches in recent times. Master class by Kohli. This is why we love cricket.— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) October 23, 2022
Virat Kohli is just too too good 🤯— Hayley Matthews (@MyNameIs_Hayley) October 23, 2022
That was incredible entertainment 🏏#INDvPAK Pakistan won’t believe they’ve lost that but that was pretty special finishing from Kohli & India. MCG looked some atmosphere 🏟️— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 23, 2022
Respected commentators around the world also showered the 33-year-old in praise.
Ok, just walked home from the MCG. Have lost my voice, am drain from emotional roller coaster 🎢 of that match, yet so pumped. @imVkohli was unbelievable out there. Only he could have won the game for 🇮🇳 #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 23, 2022
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