The Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma opted to rest in their final Asia Cup Super 4 match against Afghanistan, but his predecessor, Virat Kohli, opening the batting in his absence, smashed his 71st international century and his first in T20Is. Kohli went on to hit an unbeaten 122 off 61 deliveries as India romped to a 101-run win in Dubai.
After the match, Rohit Sharma was seen interviewing Virat Kohli and the latter opened up about his innings and finally ending a century drought that lasted nearly three years. Here is the video shared by BCCI of Rohit interviewing Virat:
Laughs, mutual admiration & a lot of respect 😎- by @ameyatilak
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 9, 2022
In the video, Virat Kohli was heard saying, “It was quite a special day for us. As a team, we had spoken after the last match that it matters what kind of attitude we play this match with. Because this tournament was important for us. We got exposure to knockout stages, we got exposure to pressure, but we all know what our goal is.”
He further explained, “It’s the World Cup in Australia and we are improving for that and we will learn from the matches we lost. Personally, not just today but from the time that I returned to the team, I got a big break, and quite a few things came into perspective. And from you guys and the management, the communication was clear — to just let me bat.”
Talking to Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli concluded, “That was very important for me. The space I got from all of you guys, it really helped me relax in that whole phase. And when I came back, I was excited about how I could contribute to the team. I wanted to play like this because we have a big World Cup coming up, and if I play like this, I’ll be contributing more.”
India finished their Asia Cup campaign on a high as the Rahul-led side defeated Afghanistan by 101 runs on September 8 in Dubai.