Virat Kohli scores his first T20I century to end the wait for the 71st international century. He played the beautiful knock of 122 runs in just 61 balls against Afghanistan.
On Thursday, September 8, Virat Kohli overcame his lengthy century drought in international cricket, putting an end to the long wait for the 71st century.
Virat Kohli’s first T20I century came in the Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2022 against Afghanistan in Dubai, and he was more pleased than excited.
Good Break For Kohli
Since his comeback from a break, Virat Kohli, the top batter for India, has appeared to be in excellent form. The manner Kohli is approaching his innings appears to have been renewed, and on Thursday against Afghanistan, he was successful.
Alongside KL Rahul, the 33-year-old batted conservatively through the opening ten balls of India’s innings. But once he got his touch, the star hitter couldn’t go back.
In 32 balls, Kohli reached his 33rd half-century and waved his bat casually. He quickly completed his first T20I century with a spectacular six off Fareed Ahmed.
For his first T20I hundred, Kohli blasted Ahmed over the deep midwicket boundary. In 53 balls, he made it to the landmark. Kohli was delighted after scoring his first-ever century in the game’s shortest format.
On the back of Kohli’s century, India made 212 for the loss of 2 wickets against Afghanistan. This is the biggest total for Asia Cup 2022. India won the match by 101 runs.
Virat Kohli is Player of the Match
“Firstly I am grateful for how the day went today. Time away from the game gave me a good chance to sit back and observe a lot of things about myself.
“I mentioned one special person – Anushka – who stood by me through these tough times and I mentioned her as she has seen the absolute raw side of me throughout all these months.”
“She was the one putting things in perspective for me, kept giving me the right kind of guidance, the right kind of vision moving forward and I came back into the system a very relaxed person.”
“I wasn’t desperate to prove anything to anyone – in a very real sense, not in a way that ‘I’ve done everything – it’s just about enjoying the game, understanding what God has blessed you with already, and then just being humble and going out there and doing the grind all over again.
“Today I think was just a build-up of the last few games – I actually batted out of my skin, to be honest, I surprised myself.”
Long gap between Hundreds
“What actually surprised me was my 60s became failures, which was very shocking for me. I was batting pretty well and contributing, but it didn’t seem to be good enough.”
“But as I said, God has blessed me with a lot of good times in the past, and that’s why I’m in this position where these things can be spoken about. I have absolutely no shame in admitting that God is blessing us all with everything in our destiny, we just have to work hard.”
“So I went back to the drawing board, came back fresh, and came back excited. The team management has also had great communication with me through these times, they’ve kept my perspective right.
“When I came back there was not much information coming my way, they just said ‘you bat and enjoy yourself. So it was just a matter of getting back into the space of enjoyment.”
Opinion on Asia Cup
“I have had many suggestions, and a lot of advice has come my way. People were telling me I was doing this wrong, that wrong, I picked out all the videos from the best times I had.
“It was the same initial movement, same approach towards the ball and it was just what was going on inside my head I wasn’t able to explain to anyone.”
“At the end of the day, you know as an individual where you stand, and what you have to do for your journey, and people will have their opinions. But they cannot feel what you’re feeling.”
“I have felt these last few months in a very different way, which is a very special time in my life. I’m very grateful for that time, my perspective had to change for me to move forward in cricket.”