Former South Africa pacer Morne Morkel feels that Virat Kohli will score a hundred against South Africa in the upcoming three-match ODI series.
Indian cricket fans and experts have been waiting for their star batter to score a hundred and his century drought in international cricket.
Virat Kohli waiting for his international hundred for more than two years
It has been more than two years, since Kohli scored his last hundred against Bangladesh in the Test series in November 2019.
Kohli has accumulated 558 runs in six innings when India played their last ODI series against South Africa in their own backyard. The former Indian skipper had slammed three hundreds in that series against as India triumphed 5-1.
Virat Kohli will definitely score a hundred: Morne Morkel
Morkel said Kohli loves to bat at Cape Town, where he remained unbeaten on 160 in the third ODI against the Proteas.
Morkel, who was at the receiving end of Kohli’s crackling shots during India’s 2018 tour of South Africa, expects the Indian player to end his woes of registering a three-figure score in the upcoming ODI series.
“Virat Kohli will definitely score a hundred. It’s definitely two venues that he will enjoy to bat on. Cape Town is one of them and he has said in many interviews that he loves playing at Newlands. I can’t see him playing three ODIs and not scoring a hundred,” Morkel said on Star Sports.
“I do feel that India is the more settled team. I do believe playing at Paarl will give them a slight advantage, especially in the first two games. So I am going for a 2-1 result for India,” he added.
Kohli recently stepped down from India’s Test captaincy role after they were defeated 1-2 in by the Proteas in the Test series.
Kohli has now relinquished his captaincy duties from all formats after giving up the T20I leadership after the T20 World Cup in November last year. Just ahead of the South Africa tour, he was replaced with Rohit Sharma as the ODI captain as the selectors didn’t want two white-ball captains for India.