The Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli finally got the Test century after a gap of more than three years and the monkey was off his back, as he scored a triple-digit score of 186 for India in the first innings of the Ahmedabad Test. Though the game ended in a draw, Kohli’s impressive 186-run knock gave the hosts and their fans a sense of fulfillment.
After the conclusion of the match, Virat Kohli came up with a brilliant gesture for Australian opener, Usman Khawaja, who also scored a century in the match, as well as wicket-keeper batter Alex Carey. In a video shared by the Indian team on Instagram, Kohli was seen gifting a shirt of his each to Khawaja and Carey. The gesture truly won the hearts of fans.
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Virat Kohli endured a painful wait of more than three years to notch his 28th Test century, the knock helping India finish with 571 in reply to Australia’s 480 in the drawn fourth and final game.
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During a chat with the broadcasters after being adjudged as the player of the match, Virat Kohli said, “The expectations that I have for myself as a player are more important to me. I am not in a space now where I will go out and prove someone wrong. I also need to justify why I am there on the field.”
Talking about him scoring centuries, Virat Kohli said, “I think in Test cricket I wasn’t able to play with my tempo and template that I have played with for the last 10 years for a while now. So that was the one thing I was trying to do. I felt like I was batting really well from the first innings in Nagpur.”
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Virat Kohli admitted he was not on his own in the Test format so he had to apply himself harder. Kohli faced 364 balls in his knock of 186 and scored only 60 runs in boundaries.