Star India batsman Virat Kohli on Thursday ended the long wait before scoring his maiden century in almost three years. Kohli, who last scored a century in November 2019, scored an unbeaten 122 off 61 balls in the Asia Cup Super 4 clash in Dubai. India may have failed to reach the final of the Asia Cup, Kohli’s return to form has been the biggest positive, especially with the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
Ahead of the Asia Cup, many current and former players had questioned Kohli’s place in the team at the showpiece event.
However, with 296 runs in five matches, Kohli has certainly silenced his critics.
During the post-match presentation, Kohli, who won the man of the match for his scintillating innings, said he was “shocked” how his innings in the 50s and 60s were labeled as “failures”. when he was not scoring tons.
Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “I was really surprised that my 60s failed, which was very shocking to me. I was batting very well and contributing, but it was good enough. Didn’t seem to.”
“But as I said, God has blessed me with great times in the past, and so I’m in a position where these things can be talked about. I’m not ashamed to admit that. God is blessing all of us with everything in our destiny, we just have to work hard,” Kohli said.
Kohli said that starting afresh after taking a break from the game helped him find his lost mojo again.
The former captain said, “I went back to the drawing board, came back fresh, came back excited. The team management has also had great communication with me, they have kept my approach right.”
“When I came back I didn’t have a lot of information coming in, he just said ‘you bat and enjoy’. So it was just a matter of getting back to Anand’s place.”
“I have a lot of suggestions, a lot of advice has come my way. People were telling me I was doing this wrong, that wrong, I took out all the videos from my best times. It was the same initial movement, the same approach. Towards the ball and it was what was going on inside my head, I couldn’t explain it to anyone,” Kohli said of finding his mojo.
“At the end of the day you know as a person where you stand, and what you need to do for your journey, and people will have their own opinion. But they can’t 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 am very grateful for that time, I had to change my perspective to move forward in cricket.”
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