Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar hopes Virat Kohli scores a century in his 100th Test match against Sri Lanka.
Kohli’s century has been the talk of the town in India’s every bilateral series as the player hasn’t reached the three-figure mark for more than two years.
Cricket fans await Virat Kohli’s 71st international hundred
Kohli scored his last international hundred against Bangladesh in the Pink-ball Day-Night Test match in Kolkata in November 2019. Since then the star Indian batter has struggled to notch up the 71st international hundred that would level him with former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on the list of most international hundreds across all formats.
I hope Virat Kohli celebrates his 100th Test with a hundred: Sunil Gavaskar
After being rested for the Sri Lanka T20I series, Kohli is all set to mark his 100th Test in the first match on March 4 against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Gavaskar, who himself played 125 Test matches in his illustrious career, lauded the Indian player for his services to the Indian cricket team and is hopeful for him to achieve a hundred in his 100th Test.
“Well, I can only say that it is going to be a sense of achievement. When you start playing cricket as a school kid, you want to play for India and hoping that you play for India for a certain while and suddenly you know, success comes to you and then you go on from year to year and then the 100th Test comes to you. It’s a very special feeling. And look at what he has achieved in all formats of the game, not just Test cricket, where he has been fabulous,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.
“And I hope he celebrates his 100th Test with a 100. Not many batsmen have done that. I know Colin Cowdrey, who was probably the first to play 100 Test matches, scored a hundred in his 100th Test. I know Javed Miandad has done it. Alex Stewart has done it,” he added.
Kohli stepped down from India’s Test captaincy role after losing the series to South Africa 2-1 in January. The 33-year-old has amassed 7962 runs from 99 Tests at an average of 50.39 and has 28 half-centuries and 27 hundreds in the red-ball format.
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