A win over Pakistan in World events, a routine run-chase with a Virat Kohli masterclass at the heart of it, and normal service very much resumed for India in the ICC World T20 after the New Zealand disaster. Tormented by spin on the other night in Nagpur, Virat Kohli set-up an exhibition of how to play spin bowling against high-flying Shahid Afridi and company.
But when Kohli struck the 50th run of his blistering knock, many expected a typical chest-pumping, 'angry-young-man' type reaction from him, with the knock coming against Pakistan and after a week when his doubters popped their heads up too often for his liking.
While the magnitude of his reaction stayed the same, the nature of the reaction was quite the opposite. Many were left wondering when Kohli waved to the stand before bowing down in evident humility. If they are still trying to figure out the reason, it was rather straight-forward, yet touching for fans of Indian cricket.
Virat Kohli dedicated his fifty to Sachin Tendulkar who was watched him take India home and Virat's modest act was certainly directed to the great man. The little master was quick to grasp it and instantly acknowledged Kohli for his innings with a thumbs up from the stands.
— Sachin Tendulkar FC (@Sachin_Lover) March 19, 2016
Kohli shed some light on his celebration after the game when he divulged that he dedicated his innings to Tendulkar, a man who inspired him to play the game. "I can't express the feeling...Sachin Tendulkar was up there in the stands. I have seen Sachin paaji do that for India for years together and seen how people shout for him. I have gotten a chance to do it in front of him and he was celebrating," Kohli told 'bcci.tv'.
"I cannot explain that feeling as a youngster who has grown up playing cricket because of him. To be able to do it in front of him and give him happiness. I am very grateful for it and it was a very emotional moment," he said.
A witness to Kohli's immaculate batsmanship against Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar took to social media to express his delight on India's victory and thanked Virat Kohli for the gesture.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 19, 2016
Already hailed as the best moment of the World T20 so far, it will certainly go down as one of those moments which will be passed to several generations of Indian cricket fans with great nostalgia. For those who couldn't catch the moment in the stadium or on the television sets, here is a video of that truly emotional moment for Indian cricket.
— Shane Sharief (@ShaneSharief) March 19, 2016