Virat Kohli wishes Usain Bolt ahead of his last race at IAAF World Championships

Virat Kohli has taken to Twitter to wish Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt luck ahead of his final race at the IAAF World Championships in London.

other sports Updated: Aug 03, 2017 19:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli took to Twitter to wish Usain Bolt luck ahead of the World Championships. (REUTERS)

Usain Bolt is all set to participate in the last race of his professional career at the London Athletics Championships and like several of his fans, India captain Virat Kohli, too, had a special message for the Jamaican great ahead of the big day.

“Hey Usain, we know it’s your last race and we all are going to miss you a lot on the track. From me and all of PUMA family, all the very best for this one and all your future endeavours and if you ever wanna play cricket, you know where to find me,” Kohli said in a video uploaded on his official handle.

Bolt has admitted on previous occasions that he loves cricket and has also played a fair bit himself, including in a promotional match with India cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. And he wasn’t too bad as well, scoring a 19-ball 45.

Bolt has dominated the tracks for nearly a decade with a triple-triple achieved in Olympics as he wrapped up gold in the 100m, 200m and 4X100m relay disciplines in three consecutive Olympics.

However, a failed drug test for teammate Nesta Carter meant the Jamaican team had to be disqualified and the side stripped of its gold. The quartet had then completed the relay race in 37.10 seconds to create a news world record.

Nonetheless, that takes nothing away from the man who will seek to defend his 100m title. In all his previous appearances in the finals of a World Championship, the Jamaican has always topped the chart barring once in Daegu, when he had a false start.

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At 30, although he’s grown older and gone comparatively slower, he’s still tipped to finish things off in style. His rival Andre de Grasse, too, has suffered a hamstring injury and has pulled out from the Championships.

First Published: Aug 03, 2017 19:04 IST