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“I didn’t understand the question” – Kusal Mendis opens up on refusal to congratulate Virat Kohli

Sri Lanka captain Kusal Mendis has apologized for his previous comments on Indian batter Virat Kohli’s iconic 49th ODI century. The former came under heavy criticism after he refused to wish Kohli on achieving the incredible feat.

But now Mendis narrated how he had no idea of Kohli’s 49th ODI century and hence, he misunderstood the question during the press conference. Expressing his regrets, he also highlighted that scoring 49 hundreds isn’t an easy task.

“During the press conference, I wasn’t aware that Kohli scored his 49th Hundred, when journalist suddenly asked, I don’t know what to say & I didn’t understand the question as well – scoring 49 hundreds is not easy – what I said was wrong, I am feeling for it”, Mendis told Asian Mirror.

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Team India are marching towards 400

While Sri Lanka was ruled out of the next round of the 2023 World Cup, Team India topped the points table. They are currently locking horns with the Netherlands in their last league stage match as we write this article.

Elected to bat first, the Men in Blue got a solid formation, thanks to fifties from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Virat Kohli, who struggled to rotate the strike in the initial stage, found the rhythm and smashed yet another fifty at the marquee event.


When the crowd was cheering him for the record-breaking 50th ODI ton, the right-handed batter misread a straight delivery, which went on to crush onto his off-stump. With his latest fifty, Kohli is now the leading run-getter in the tournament surpassing Quinton de Kock.

The duo of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul is going strong in the middle. With more than 10 overs left and seven wickets in hand, the hosts will look to touch the mammoth 400 mark for the first time in this event.

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