The Kohli-Sharma couple welcomed their second child, Akaay, on February 15th. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal.

Freshly retired from T20 International cricket, India’s talismanic batter Virat Kohli, whose 76-run innings was pivotal in the team’s win against South Africa in the final of the T20 World Cup on Saturday, has dedicated the victory to his wife, actress Anushka Sharma.

Ace cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma. Photo courtesy: Free Press Journal.

Sharing a post on Instagram, the final’s Player of the Match said: “None of this would remotely be possible without you my love.”

“You keep me humble, grounded and you always say it how it is with absolute honesty. I couldn’t be more grateful for you. This victory is as much yours as it’s mine. Thank you and I love you for being YOU ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ @anushkasharma,” his post read.

The post has already received nine million likes and thousands of comments.

Now retired from the shortest format of the game, Kohli finished as the most successful batter in the history of the ICC T20 World Cup, amassing 1,292 runs at an average of 58.72 and a strike rate of 128.81. He has also scored 15 half-centuries.

Kohli also became the only player in the history of cricket to win the U-19 World Cup (2008), ODI World Cup (2011), Champions Trophy (2013) and T20 World Cup (2024). Kohli was the captain of the victorious U-19 team.

Just after India lifted the cup, Anushka had posted a special tribute for her husband. “AND ….. I love this man ❤️ @virat.kohli . So grateful to call you my home ❤️ – now go have a glass of sparkling water for me to celebrate this ! 😉😘,” her post on Instagram read.

The couple dated for a while before tying the knot in 2017. They are parents to daughter Vamika and son Akaay.