Virat Kohli is the undisputed modern-day great of the cricketing world. Roger Federer is a legend in the world of tennis. What happens when two great sportsmen of the modern era meet and greet each other? It results in sports fans going berserk on social media. Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, posted on his official Twitter handle photos on his meeting with Federer. Kohli was accompanied by his wife and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. Kohli wrote on his handle, “What a day at the Australian open. An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever grateful.” The smile on Kohli said it all, he had met a sportsman who is a true legend in every sense of the word. Although he met Federer, he watched Novak Djokovic in action as the Serb defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3,6-4,4-6,6-0 to enter the fourth round.
Kohli’s tour of Australia ended on the ultimate high with India winning the final game in Melbourne by seven wickets and securing a 2-1 series win in Australia. This was the first time that India had won a bilateral ODI series Down Under and it continued their historic run, having secured victory in the Test series for the first time-ever. It was the first time that India had not lost a series in any format Down Under, with the three-match Twenty20 series drawn 1-1 in December 2018.
For Kohli, it was a wonderful tour. He smashed a brilliant century on a tough pitch in Perth and his 104 in the second ODI in Adelaide helped India chase down 298 and level the series in style. Kohli also smashed a brilliant fifty in the Twenty20 series which saw India level the game in Sydney. Kohli had an average of over 40 and 50 in the Tests and ODIs and a series win in both formats has enhanced his reputation as a modern-day great and has also helped India overcome the disappointment of several overseas series losses.
On the other hand, Federer seems to be getting better with age in Tennis. He has won the Australian Open in 2017 and 2018 and he is bidding to become the first player in history to win the tournament Down Under a record seventh time. The Swiss Masestro, who already has 20 Grand Slam titles, is the favourite to win the title this time but he faces stiff competition from Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.