Wellalage achieved a career-best performance with a five-wicket haul against India in the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 game last week. However, despite his excellent performance, Sri Lanka lost the game to India by 41 runs.
The 20-year-old had referred to Kohli, whom he got out for three runs off 12 balls, as his “ideal wicket.” At that time, he mentioned to the host broadcaster:
“My dream wicket was Kohli’s wicket.”
DUNITH WELLALAGE ABOUT THE CHAT HE HAD WITH VIRAT KOHLI –
“Having a chat with a great like Kohli is something I really wanted to do. So after the final I went to get some advice from him and he said that I have improved from the last time he saw me during our tour to India at… pic.twitter.com/16wtd4Ef7J
— Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) September 19, 2023
To commemorate the chance of having played alongside his role model, the young Sri Lankan cricketer has updated his Instagram profile picture to one featuring Kohli. You can view the image below:
Dunith Wellalge has changed his DP to a picture with Virat Kohli.
– Virat Kohli is an inspiration…!!! pic.twitter.com/ociflKyN3K
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 19, 2023
Wellalage concluded the Asia Cup as the tournament’s second-highest wicket-taker, following Matheesha Pathira, who took 11 wickets. Wellalage managed to secure 10 wickets in six matches and is now focused on making a significant contribution to Sri Lanka’s performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium on Saturday, October 7.
Virat Kohli to be rested for the first two ODIs against Australia before the 2023 ODI World Cup
Virat Kohli, along with Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, will sit out the first two ODIs against Australia. He is scheduled to make his return for the third and concluding ODI against the Australians on September 27 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
Recently, Kohli played an outstanding innings, scoring an unbeaten 122 runs from 94 balls, which included three sixes and nine boundaries, during the Asia Cup Super 4 match against Pakistan. This performance also marked his achievement of becoming the fastest player to reach 13,000 ODI runs.
In the year 2023, the 34-year-old cricketer has accumulated a total of 556 runs from 15 One Day Internationals (ODIs), maintaining an impressive average of 55.60. This includes three centuries.
He aims to continue his excellent performance against Australia and maintain it throughout the ODI World Cup. The Indian team will start their campaign against Australia at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 8.