Happy That I Have Been Able To Play For So Long And Hopefully Many More Years To Come: Virat Kohli
With every passing day, Virat Kohli is reaching unprecedented heights in the game. He is threatening to break every batting record and has already left his contemporaries far behind in the race.
A couple of days ago, he added another feather to his already illustrious cap when he scored his second consecutive century in the ongoing series against Windies. The India skipper played a stunning unbeaten knock of 157. During the knock, he ended up reaching quite a few milestones. It was his 37th ODI ton and fifth of this year.
The 29-year old became the fastest to complete 10,0000 runs in ODI cricket. Kohli achieved the feat when he reached the 81-run mark. The right-handed batsman broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Kohli reached the feat in just his 205th innings while Tendulkar reached the milestone in his 259th innings. Kohli also became the fourth Indian and 13th overall to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.
During the course of the innings, Kohli also went past Tendulkar to become the Indian player with most runs in ODIs against Windies. He reached the feat when he crossed the 47-run mark during his knock.
The world has perhaps not seen a batsman as consistent as Kohli. At just 29, he is well on his way of becoming the most decorated batsman in the history of the game. But despite all these milestones and achievements, Kohli is now getting carried away.
In a recent interview, the superstar said that it is a honour to play for the country and discussed in length his dedication and commitment that has helped him achieve so much.
“It’s a great honour for me to represent my country and even after playing 10 years, I don’t feel like I am entitled for anything here. You still have to work hard for every run that you score at the international level,” Kohli told BCCI.TV today.
“There are many people who want this (playing for India) very badly. So when you are in that same position yourself, you should have that same hunger and never take things for granted, never take it easy at any stage,” said the Indian skipper.
He further said that he would never hesitate in doing anything for the team.
“If I have to dive six times in an over, I will do that for the team,” said Kohli.
“Because that’s my duty and that’s why I am selected to play for my country. That’s part of my job. It’s not doing anyone a favour. Not showing anyone that I am committed but it’s purely gaining that extra run for the team. The focus has to be that much precise and finer in that moment,” world’s No 1 batsman further added.
Kohli concluded by saying that while the milestones do not matter to him much, they are a reminder of his beautiful journey in the game.
“I feel really grateful, blessed. These things don’t matter much but to understand that you have come this far in your career after playing for 10 years is something quite special to me because I love the sport so much and I want to play it more and more. And that for me is the most important thing,” he said.
“So I am just happy that I have been able to play for so long and hopefully many more years to come,” he concluded.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2018