Virat Kohli holds a cradle-to-cradle celebration and dedicates 50 rupees to his daughter.

Virat Kohli holds a cradle-to-cradle celebration and dedicates 50 rupees to his daughter.

Virat Kohli scored a quick fifty against South Africa in the third and final One-Day International; in Centurion on Sunday, then performed the ‘cradle’ celebration. Kohli dedicated his fifty to Vamika, his daughter, who was in the arms of his mother; Anushka Sharma, at the Newlands, and the video went viral almost immediately.

Virat Kohli holds a cradle

Kohli and his colleagues, on the other hand, were disappointed when India lost by just four runs; allowing South Africa to complete a 3-0 whitewash. Despite half-centuries from Virat Kohli (65 off 83 deliveries), Shikhar Dhawan (61 off 73 balls); and Deepak Chahar (54 off 34 balls), India lost for the third time in a row, this time in pursuit of 288; finishing a catastrophic tour of the ‘Rainbow Nation.’

When South Africa were handed first strike, they were all out for 287; following a fiery century from Quinton de Kock and a familiar half-century from Rassie van der Dussen. India were bowled out for 283 in 49.2 overs as a result; badly mismanaging a chase that could have gone off without a hitch. Overall, India’s limited-overs match against South Africa was one of their worst in recent memory; especially after blanking the Proteas on their own terrace in 2018.

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They started the tour well, winning the first Test by 113 runs, but then lost their way; failing miserably to match the South Africans. It was especially painful for KL Rahul; who lost all four of the matches he led on the tour (one Test and three ODIs).

Under Kohli, India was swept by New Zealand (0-3) in an away ODI series in 2020.

With a hamstring injury, Rohit Sharma was also unable to play in that series.

Kohli scored 65 from 84 balls on Sunday, while opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a 73-ball 61; their second fifties of the three-match series.

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