Virat Kohli, the team India’s batsman, has acknowledged that he has been frustrated by his inability to turn Test cricket beginnings into large scores over the past three years. He claimed that the sole reason he was so anxious to hit three figures was so that he could contribute more broadly and significantly to the team.
In the Ahmedabad Test match against Australia, Kohli finally scored a century in red-ball cricket for India, making 186 patiently off 364 deliveries. The 34-year-old batsman’s century was his first in Test cricket since scoring 136 against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2019.
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Rahul Dravid, the team’s head coach and Virat Kohli spoke about what was going through Kohli’s thoughts when he wasn’t scoring big. On bcci. tv, the former captain was heard saying the following: “To be honest, I let the complications grow on me a little bit because of my own shortcomings. The desperation to get that three-figure mark is something that can grow on you as a batsman. We have all experienced that at some stage or the other. I let that happen to me to a certain extent”
“The flip side to it is I am not a guy who is happy with 40 and 45s.” Kohli continued, “I’ve always been someone who takes a lot of pride in performing for the team. It’s not like Virat Kohli should stand out. When I am batting on 40, I know I can get a 150 here and that will help my team” Virat Kohli Said.
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“That was eating me up a lot. Why am I not able to get that big score for the team? I always took pride in the fact that when the team needed me, I would step up and perform in different conditions in difficult situations. The fact that I wasn’t able to do that was something that was bothering me” Virat Kohli Added.
Kohli admitted that he had never played for milestones despite being second among hitters with the most international hundreds (75). The right-handed hitter went on to explain that, for him, reaching the century is simply a step in the process of doing well for the team.
“I never played for the milestones. A lot of people ask me – how do you keep scoring hundreds? I always told them that a hundred in something that happens along the way within my goal, which is to bat as long as possible for the team and get as many runs as possible for the team. The milestone is never my focus,” Virat Kohli Said.
Kohli blasted 15 fours in his innings in Ahmedabad and had a 162-run sixth-wicket stand with all-rounder Axar Patel (79). India scored 571 in their first innings, answering to Australia’s 480.
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