Sri Lanka National Cricket Team captain Dasun Shanaka was quite impressed with the performance of the former India National Cricket Team skipper Virat Kohli in the ODI series opener on Tuesday, January 10.
The first ODI of the three-match series between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and the Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team is currently underway at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
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The modern-day batting great started off 2023 on a great note by smashing a sensational century against the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team. Virat Kohli completed his half-century off 47 balls in the innings.
The 34-year-old then kept batting brilliantly and reached the century milestone off just 80 balls. He smashed a four to Kasun Rajitha on the first ball of the 47th over to reach 99 and then took a single on the next ball to complete back-to-back centuries in ODI cricket, with his previous ODI ton coming against Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI last year.
Kasun Rajitha cleaned up Kohli on the second ball of the 49th over. As the former Indian captain was walking back to the dugout, the Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka shook hands with Kohli and appreciated his innings.
Watch: Dasun Shanaka Shakes Hands With Virat Kohli After The Latter’s Dismissal
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Luck plays a big part, you need to thank god on such evenings – Virat Kohli
Kohli scored 113 runs off 87 balls, including 12 fours and 1 six, before being dismissed by Kasun Rajitha. This was Kohli’s 45th ODI century and overall 73rd century in international cricket.
Speaking to the host broadcaster after the innings, Kohli talked about his dropped catches. Notably, the 34-year-old was very lucky when he was heading towards his century as he was dropped twice, first by wicket-keeper Kusal Mendis and then by captain Shanaka.
“I would take those (dropped chances) any day. Luck plays a big part, you need to thank god on such evenings. These evenings are important, pretty aware of that. Thankful that I made the most of that luck presented to me. I helped the team get 20 runs extra, rather than 350. It’s going to be the same thing.
“I am quite aware of what I eat, diet is the most important thing at this age. That keeps me in prime shape. That helps me give my 100 percent for the team,” Kohli said.