Indian captain Virat Kohli has reiterated the fact that he is no hurry or is not desperate to score an international century. This has been a case, given that the wait for Kohli’s 71st international hundred becomes longer and longer.
Kohli’s last international century came in November 2019 and the year 2020 was the first time that the Indian captain had not scored an international century in his career so far. That century had come against Bangladesh in India’s maiden day-night Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, a match that India won by an innings.
My Responsibility As The Captain Of The Indian Cricket Team And As A Batsman Is To Score Runs: Virat Kohli
Speaking at a virtual press conference ahead of the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad, Virat Kohli said that he is not in any desperation or haste to score the century. He also mentioned that he doesn’t understand the noise around his lack of a three-figure mark since 2019, given that he has scored runs despite not getting a century.
“I am not in any haste or any desperation because I understand where I stand as a batsman, how I am playing, what my responsibility in the team is. They (critics) look at milestones. If the team doesn’t do well, they look at the captaincy. If the team does well and batsmen don’t perform, they look at individual scores. So, for me, these are just issues oscillating between one and another,” Kohli said.
The Indian captain has registered two half-centuries in the ongoing four-match Test series against England so far. He scored 72 in the first Test and 62 in the second.
“My responsibility as the captain of the Indian cricket team and as a batsman is to score runs. I will make sure I keep pushing the team forward and get involved in partnerships. Along that process, if milestones happen, great. If they don’t, the team should win. At the end of the day, that’s our main goal, that’s always been,” the captain added.
Virat Kohli has scored 288 runs at an average of 26.18 in the six Tests he has played since his last century against Bangladesh.