Virat Kohli slams first international hundred in nearly three years

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Virat Kohli slams first international hundred in nearly three years
Virat Kohli slams first international hundred in nearly three years

Virat Kohli slams first international hundred in nearly three years

Virat Kohli hit his 71st international hundred, one that came after an extended period of nearly three years, to propel India to a good total against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup game on Thursday.

In the Asia Cup game on Thursday against Afghanistan in Dubai, Virat Kohli scored his first hundred in a T20I match and his first in international cricket since November 2019.

With Rohit Sharma out of the lineup, Kohli opened the batting and quickly shared the first wicket with KL Rahul before going off the deep end to reach the significant milestone.

While Kohli had never reached the three-figure mark for India in this format despite having 32 scores of fifty or more in T20Is, he did so in just 53 balls to put India in the lead.

During the course of the innings, Kohli reached the landmark of 3500 runs for men in Twenty20 internationals, passing Rohit Sharma. In addition, he became the 10th player among men to hit 100 sixes in a T20I career.

After Sachin Tendulkar, who has 100 international hundreds, Kohli is now tied with Ricky Ponting for second place with 71 completed international hundreds.

India posted a daunting 212/2 batting first, the biggest total in the Asia Cup 2022 competition so far. Thanks to Kohli’s 61-ball 122, which was laced with 12 fours and six sixes.

The numbers to know

  • Kohli had gone 1021 days since his last international century – a Test match ton against Bangladesh at home in 2019.
  • Kohli equalled Ponting’s tally of international hundreds with the century in Dubai
  • The former India skipper crossed 3500 runs in T20Is, becoming the second men’s player after Rohit Sharma to the landmark
  • The 122* is the 13th highest score in men’s T20Is and the highest by an India player.
  • Kohliย  also recorded the highest score in T20Is in UAE with the 122* in Dubai.