mohalic: All set to become the 12th Indian to reach the milestone of playing 100 Tests, star batter Virat Kohlic says he “never thought” he would get this far and make this historic appearance.
After scoring just 4 and 15 in his Test debut against the West Indies in 2011, Kohli has come a long way in a decade-long journey collecting 7,962 runs averaging a fantastic 50.39 in the longest format.
Kohli’s 100th test will start on Friday against Sri Lanka.
“I honestly never thought I would play 100 Test matches. It’s been a long journey. We played a lot of cricket playing those 100 Test matches,” Kohli said in a video posted by the BCCI.
“A lot of international cricket. I’m just thankful I was able to get to 100.”
Kohli joins an elite roster of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma to play 100 Tests.
“God has been kind. I have worked very hard for my fitness. It’s a big moment for me, for my family, for my coach, who is also very happy and very proud of this test match, as far as I’m concerned,” Kohli said.
Kohli’s 100th Test is open to spectators, with the BCCI admitting crowds of 50 percent stadium capacity.
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