Former Indian cricketer-turned commentator Aakash Chopra believes that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will be slightly worried about the fact that he has not scored an international hundred for over a year now.
Virat Kohli’s last International hundred came against Bangladesh during India’s maiden pink-ball Test in November 2019.
Since then, Virat has failed to convert his 50s into a three-figure score and the wait for his 72nd International ton continues.
While previewing fourth India vs England Test on ESPNCricinfo, Aakash Chopra was asked if Team India would be worried about the drought of 100s that their skipper is going through.
Chopra responded by saying that while the team wouldn’t be that worried, Virat Kohi certainly would be, given the fact that this has been the longest period that he has endured in his international career where he has gone without scoring a hundred.
“It is not for India although it is better if we don’t talk about the last match because the entire England batting lineup did not score 100 runs in the second innings. It is not a worry for the Indian team, they are fine. When Virat Kohli was not there, you still won in Australia. So, this team has the depth that whether Kohli is there or not, whether he scores runs or not, we have seen that this team has the ability. But he will himself be worried because it has been a long time since he has scored a century and this stays in your mind as a batsman,” said Aakash Chopra.
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Chopra, however, is confident that once Virat Kohli scaled the 100-run barrier, he will once again embark on a run-making spree.
“This is the difference between the good and the great. The good players make a lot of 50s and 60s and then quite a few times throw away their wicket. The great players convert their fifties into hundred, one-fifty or double-hundreds. You will find the conversation rate, whether it is him, Root, Smith or Kane Williamson to be better than the rest. So, it will definitely be playing on his mind that it has been time. I feel the day he does that, you will see quite a few in a row after that,” added Chopra.
Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli is in no ‘desperation’ of scoring a century. The Indian captain was asked about his ongoing century drought in the virtual press-conference on the eve of the Test match and he responded by saying that the only thing he is focused on is performing and winning games for his country.
”I am in no desperation (to score a century). I want to perform for my team. My responsibilities as a captain and batsman is to score runs and help the team. If milestones happen then great,” said Virat Kohli.