Former India player turned commentator Gautam Gambhir has praised Virat Kohli’s tenacity after his hundred against Afghanistan in a Super 4 clash of the Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai on Thursday, September 8 as well. Kohli finally broke his century drought with a stunning unbeaten 122 off just 61 deliveries after a long time as well.
While talking about that, Gautam Gambhir said to the host broadcaster: “Look, he has to realize that it has been three years, not just three months. Three years is a very long time. I am not going to be critical of him but he has earned this backing as he has scored loads of runs in the past. I don’t think any younger player would have survived in international cricket had they not got a 100 in the last three years. This eventually had to happen and it has happened just at the right time. But let’s be fair, I don’t think anyone would have survived for this long.”
However, riding on Kohli’s maiden T20I ton, the team posted a daunting 212-2 runs on the board. In response, Afghanistan could only manage 111-8 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with a five-wicket haul.
While speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Virat Kohli said: “Today was the build-up 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.”
Virat Kohli has peaked at the right time, with the T20 World Cup on the cards. He will hope to maintain his form in the upcoming white-ball series’ against Australia and South Africa as well before the marquee ICC event Down Under.