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Virat Kohli lauds Mithali Raj but goofs up with Facebook post, then deletes it

Virat Kohli was among several celebrities who congratulated Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj for becoming the leading scorer in women’s ODI.

cricket Updated: Jul 13, 2017 14:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli could not recognise Mithali Raj while posting a photo of the Indian women’s cricket team captain in his Facebook page(HT Photo)

India captain Mithali Raj on Wednesday became the first women cricketer to reach 6,000 runs in the One Day International format en route going past former England captain Charlotte Edwards’s record of 5992 runs.

Mithali Raj scored a 114-ball 69 and has earned a bit of criticism for dragging her innings but the record set things right as fans and Twitteratis across the world congratulated her on achieving the feat.

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Among many who wished the skipper was her counterpart in the men’s team Virat Kohli who wrote: “A great moment for Indian Cricket, Mithali Raj becomes the highest run scorer in Women’s ODI Cricket History today. Champion Stuff!” on his Facebook page.

However, while it didn’t take long before fans started pointing it out that it was in fact Punam Raut’s picture that Kohli had posted instead of Mithali’s.

Virat Kohli posted the photo of Punam raut instead of Mithali Raj. (HT Photo)

As the reactions flooded the comments section, the post was quickly taken down from the page. It’s a simple goof-up but not one expected from the social-media savvy Indian men’s cricket captain.

However, despite Mithali Raj’s record-breaking feat and Punam Raut’s maiden World Cup century, India were beaten by Australia by eight wickets. Mithali Raj had walked out in the middle after Smriti Mandhana fell on the cheap early in the innings and went on to stitch a 157-run partnership with Punam for the second wicket.

The sluggish manner in which the team scored the runs during the middle overs cost the team badly as they could only put up 226 runs on the board which captain Meg Lanning (76*) and Ellyse Perry (60) made short work of while chasing down.

The loss has now turned India’s last group game against New Zealand into virtually a quarterfinal with only one spot remaining in the semifinals. Australia, England and South Africa are the teams who have already qualified.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 13:40 IST