Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli dedicates 71st century to Anushka Sharma and daughter Vamika
Asia Cup 2022: After hitting his much anticipated 71st century in international cricket, star Indian batter Virat Kohli dedicated his ton to his wife and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and their daughter.
At the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli hit his much awaited 71st international century on Thursday, leading India to a commanding 212/2 in their 20 overs against Afghanistan.
“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. 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. I know there was a lot of stuff going outside,” said Virat after his innings to broadcasters.
“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. I realised how tired I was. Competitiveness doesn’t allow it, but this break allowed me enjoy the game again,” he added.
The milestone we’d all been waiting for and here it is!
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 8, 2022
Afghanistan put Team India to bat first, and openers KL Rahul and Virat Kohli made a strong start. Also the duo’s dashing between the wickets was excellent as usual. In the third over, openers truly started to swing, as Virat smashed bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi for two fours.
After that, KL and Virat gorged themselves on Afghan bowlers. In the sixth over, Virat Kohli, who had a sharp appearance, struck spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman for two fours and a six.
India was 52/0 after six overs and the powerplay, with Virat (25*) and also Rahul (26*) both remaining undefeated.
Even after the powerplay, Virat and KL maintained their dominance over Afghanistan. The two maintained a strong pace for the scoreboard. India had 87/0 after 10 overs thanks to Rahul’s (42*) and also Virat’s (44*) contributions.
With a single, Virat reached his 33rd half-century in the format. With a four in 11.2 overs, KL Rahul assisted the team in reaching the 100-run milestone. He then added another four to his fifty-run total on the following ball.
Medium-pacer In the 13th over, Fareed Malik broke the pair’s 119-run partnership by removing Rahul for 62 off 41 balls after the batter was caught by Najibullah Zadran at long-on.
The following batsman, Suryakumar Yadav, launched his innings with a six on the opening delivery, but Fareed quickly claimed his wicket.
On the crease, Rishabh Pant was standing. Along with Virat, he kept the scoreboard ticking and led India into the final five without suffering any further loss. India had 134/2 at the conclusion of 15 overs thanks to Pant (6*) and Virat (59*).
Virat and Pant persisted in their onslaught on the Afghan bowlers. Virat was the one who attacked and also ruthlessly hit the boundaries.
Pant-Virat brought up their 50-run stand with two overs remaining. Virat started living in the 90s. Finally, he scored his first century in T20Is and his eagerly awaited 71st international century.
With the contributions of Virat Kohli (122*) and Rishabh Pant (20*), India’s innings was over at 212/2. Afghanistan received 2/57 from Fareed Malik.