Virat Kohli refers to Suresh Raina as 'Bhavesh', fans think his phone is being operated by Ravi Shastri
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli turned 31 on November 5. Kohli, who has made it a habit to break records across formats, is currently on a break from international cricket as he is on a vacation with his wife Anushka Sharma in Bhutan – where he also celebrated his birthday. Wishes poured in from all corners for the skipper, who took out time to respond to birthday wishes from the entire cricket fraternity.
However, the Delhi batsman seems to have made a gaffe while replying to out of favour Indian cricketer Suresh Raina's birthday wish. Raina took to Twitter to share an old photograph - where he was seen hugging Kohli during one of the matches in coloured jersey. “Happy birthday, brother @imVkohli More runs, more power & more glory to you on your special day. Keep doing what you do. Best wishes, always!” the left-hander tweeted.
Happy birthday, brother @imVkohli More runs, more power & more glory to you on your special day. Keep doing what you do. Best wishes, always! pic.twitter.com/IjdNqwjNW8— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) November 5, 2019
However, while responding to Raina, Kohli referred to him as Bhavesh. “Thanks Bhavesh,” Kohli tweeted.
Thanks Bhavesh— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 6, 2019
Compared to his other responses, this one generated plenty of traction as the Twitter trolled the Indian captain for the big goof up. Some of the fans also joked that Kohli's phone was being operated by Ravi Shastri.
Mat reh Shastri Ji ke saath .....! Mat reh bhai mat reh.— Rushank Soni (@rushanksoni19) November 6, 2019
Chiku Bhai, Shastri ka sath chodd do waqt hai abhi bhi.— Chowkidar Nimo (@niiravmodi) November 6, 2019
Ravi Sir please give back Chiku's Phone— ashwinnmishra (@ashwinnmishra) November 6, 2019
On his birthday, Kohli won many hearts by posting a self-written post to ‘15-year-old self’ where he had many suggestions for his younger version. "I know you are thinking about those shoes dad did not give you today. They mean nothing when compared to the hug this morning or the joke he cracked about your height. Cherish this," Kohli wrote in the letter he shared on his social media page.
On his father, the India captain continued, "I know he can seem strict at times. But that's because he wants the best for you.
"Tell Dad you love him. A lot. Tell him today. Tell him tomorrow. Tell him more often."
Rohit Sharma is leading the Men in Blue in the ongoing T20I series but Kohli will return to lead the side in whites as the two-match Test series between India and Bangladesh begins from November 14.