Kohli: 'Win over MI birthday gift to Anushka'

"My wife is here and it’s her birthday. This was a little gift for her. It was very important to achieve these two points in front of her," said Virat Kohli, after the match.

Anushka Sharma celebrates Royal Challengers Bangalore’s win Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has dedicated his side’s much-needed win over Mumbai Indians in its last IPL game to his actress wife Anushka Sharma, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday.

RCB beat three-time champions and title holder Mumbai Indians by 14 runs to keep itself afloat in the ongoing IPL by climbing up to fifth position in the eight-team competition.

And Kohli said the win was a birthday gift for his wife Anushka, who was present in the stands to root for him and his team. “We needed that win. It is a very important win at such an important stage of the tournament. Tonight was an occasion we needed those two points. This is the push we needed,” Kohli said after the win.

Anushka Sharma is all happy after RCB beat MI.

 

“We should take this confidence forward. My wife is here and it’s her birthday. This was a little gift for her. It was very important to achieve these two points in front of her,” he added.