Virat Kohli waiting for an international century is over, and the popular Indian batsman is astonished that he finished the drought with an unbeaten century within the 20-over format.
Kohli’s unbeaten score of 122 in the Thursday’s Asia Cup match against Afghanistan was his first century in international cricket since he reached his 70th birthday in a cricket match on November.
Holders India did not reach the final, however Kohli has been the competition’s top scorer with 276 runs over five innings. He also scored his maiden century in Twenty20 Internationals , albeit in an unplayed rubber.
“I was somewhat shocked , as this was the one I had least thought a century would arrive anytime soon however, it’s all God’s blessings” the 33-year-old player said in an interview mid-innings.
“I have been working very hard and this was one of those moments that was special for me as well as the team too.”
Kohli’s return in form bodes very well for India ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia which will begin next month.
Speaking at the ceremony later, man of the match Kohli admitted that he didn’t believe he was out of form , despite the long wait for one hundred.
“What really surprised me was the fact that my 60s were a failure and that was quite shocking for me.
“I was hitting pretty good and making contributions, but it didn’t appear to be sufficient.”
Kohli acknowledged that the break of a month taken from football this year was beneficial to his health and team spirit. also played a role in helping.
“I went back to the drawing board,” returned refreshed, returned with a sense of excitement.
“The team management has been extremely responsive to me during these tough moments, and they’ve made me extremely relaxed and maintained my focus.
“They advised you to just bat and relax. ‘[…] Then it was a matter of getting back into the zone of pleasure.”