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.”
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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.”
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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.