Asia Cup 2022: I was shocked, least expected to score ton in T20 format, says Virat Kohli
Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli reached the elusive three-figure mark after almost three years, albeit in a format “he least expected to”, when he struck a memorable 122 against Afghanistan in an inconsequential Asia Cup match on Thursday.
To light-up the dead rubber, Kohli scored his first international hundred after 989 days. In the list of most hundreds, his 71st hundred places him next to the legendary Ricky Ponting. With 100 international ton, Sachin Tendulkar remains much ahead.
“Last two and a half years have taught me a lot. I am going to turn 34 in a month. So those angry celebrations are a thing of the past,” said Kohli at the innings break.
“Actually I was shocked. This is the last format I thought. It was an accumulation of a lot of things. The team has been open and helpful.”
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Kohli credited his actress wife Anushka Sharma for supporting him no matter what during his turbulent times.
“I know there was a lot of stuff going outside. And I kissed my ring. You see me standing here because one person has put things in perspective for me. That’s Anushka. This hundred is for her and for our little daughter Vamika as well.
“When you have someone next to you having conversations putting things in perspective, like Anushka has been… when I came back I was not desperate. Six weeks off I was refreshed. Also I realised how tired I was.
“Competitiveness doesn’t allow it, but this break allowed me enjoy the game again,” he said referring to his one month break.
By his own admission, it was also for the first time in 10 years that Kohli had not held his bat for a month.