Asia Cup 2022: What surprised me was my 60s became failures, says Virat Kohli

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Asia Cup 2022: What surprised me was my 60s became failures, says Virat Kohli
Asia Cup 2022: What surprised me was my 60s became failures, says Virat Kohli

Asia Cup 2022: What surprised me was my 60s became failures, says Virat Kohli

Asia Cup 2022: Virat Kohli has high expectations for himself, so when he eventually got his first century after 1020 days, he expressed surprise that people considered the 60s he had scored over the previous two years to be failures.

In the meaningless Asia Cup match on Thursday, Kohli hammered 122 not out off 61 balls to score his first T20 century and help India defeat Afghanistan by a massive 101 runs.

“Today was the build of the last few games, I batted out of my skin to be honest and I surprised myself. What surprised me was my 60s became failures; quite shocking for me, batting pretty well and contributing but doesn’t seem to be enough,” said Kohli after the win.

The former captain of India just took a month vacation from the sport, which was quite beneficial for him. He was aware that his game was technically flawless.

“I have had many suggestions, lot of advice has come my way; people were telling me I was doing this wrong, that wrong, I picked out all the videos from the best time I had; same initial movement, same approach towards the ball and it was just what was happening inside my head I wasn’t able to explain it to anyone.

“At the end of the day you know as an individual where you stand, people will have their opinions but they cannot feel what you are feeling.”

After nearly three years, Kohli finally hit the elusive three-figure barrier, but in a format “he least expected to.”

In the list of most hundreds, his 71st hundred places him next to the legendary Ricky Ponting. With 100 international tonnes, 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.”

Kohli credited his actress wife Anushka Sharma for supporting him no matter what during those trying moments.

“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. 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 for the first time in 10 years that Kohli had not held his bat for a month.

“Time away from the game gave me a good chance to sit back and observe a lot of things about me. I mentioned one special person – Anushka – who stood by me through these tough times. And also I mentioned her as she has seen the absolute raw side of me throughout all these months,” he said.