Dubai: Virat Kohli has been facing criticism for many days that he is experiencing continuous failure, the strike rate in T20 cricket is low, he should quit the T20 team. But now, King Kohli has hit back at the critics by scoring his first century in his T20I cricket career. ‘King Kohli is back’-Fans salute Virat Kohli who scored a century.
Afghanistan’s bowlers could not stop King Kohli, who opened the innings with KL Rahul after losing the toss and batting first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Thursday night. Virat Kohli made full use of the opportunity to open the innings in the absence of Rohit Sharma. ‘King Kohli is back’-Fans salute Virat Kohli who scored a century.
After KL Rahul scored 62 runs and surrendered the wicket, Virat Kohli gave the fans a great treat with his batting frenzy at the Dubai ground. Virat Kohli, who scored a century in just 53 balls, scored an unbeaten 122 runs in 61 balls with 6 huge sixes and 12 fascinating boundaries at the end of the innings. This turned out to be Virat Kohli’s greatest innings of T20I cricket.
Virat Kohli, who had blasted the last century of his career in the last day-night Test match against Bangladesh in the month of November 2019, had made a lot of efforts in the last three years to blast the 71st century. However, King Kohli, who found rhythm in the Asia Cup tournament, celebrated by scoring a century in the last match of the Super-4 stage. By that he reminded his past batting glory.
On the strength of Virat Kohli’s magnificent century, India scored 212 runs for the loss of two wickets in their share of 20 overs in the match. That gave the Afghanistan team a tough target of 213 runs. Three years later he equaled the record of Ricky Ponting (71 centuries) by completing his 71st century.
Kohli dedicates century to his wife, daughter: Speaking after the century, Virat Kohli said, “I am blessed, grateful. The last two and a half years have taught me many lessons. I will be turning 34 soon. So this century is very special for me. This century is dedicated to my wife Anushka and I dedicate it to his daughter Vamika,” he said.
“I was not disappointed when I came back. I am grateful for what God has given me in the past. The break is a blessing. I want to be the best version of myself and my team. When I came back to bat in the nets, I felt that my previous batting was coming,” said Virat Kohli.