IND vs SL 2022 | Virat Kohli look to join an elite list by scoring century in his 100th Test
Virat Kohli will play his 100th Test in Mohali against Sri Lanka|
Virat Kohli will play the 100th Test of his career against Sri Lanka in Mohali starting from Friday and will look to join an elite list including the likes of Ricky Ponting, Hashim Amla and Joe Root. Kohli can become the first Indian to score a century in the 100th Test and join the elite list.
India are all set to play the opening fixture of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Mohali. The game will start on Friday and the Test is mostly discussed as it will be 100th Test of career for Virat Kohli, Kohli will become the 12th Indian to reach 100 Tests. The Indian players who have played 100 Tests include Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, and Virender Sehwag.
Several former cricketers have congratulated Kohli for achieving the feat. However, he can reach another landmark by scoring a century in his 100th Test. Kohli became the first Indian to score a hundred in his 100th red-ball game. He will also join the elist list of batsmen who have done so in the past and will be 10th batsmen overall.
The Delhi-based cricketer has scored 7962 runs in 99 Tests with an average of 50.39. This series will be the first for Rohit Sharma as a leader in whites. He will look to have a winning start to his leadership and the team are favorites going into the series.
India head coach Rahul Dravid felicitated Kohli presenting him a special cap for 100th Test. Kohli's wife Anushka Sharma was also present in the ceremony. Dravid delivered a fantastic speech on the occasion saying that Kohli is testament to everything great in the game.
"It's a testament to everything that is great in our sport... sweat, discipline, courage, skill, determination, desire, focus, you had it all. You had a great journey. You can be very proud of not only playing the 100th Test match but also for the great journey that you have navigated through. Congratulations to you and your family on this fantastic achievement. It's well deserved, well earned, and hopefully it is just the start of many things to come. As we say in the dressing room, double it up," Dravid said before presenting the cap to Kohli.
Kohli expressed his joy on receiving the cap and said that it is a special moment for him.
"It is a special moment for me. My wife is here and so is my brother. Everyone is very proud. It is indeed a team game and it couldn't have been possible without you. Thanks to the BCCI as well. In present day cricket, with the amount we play with three formats and an IPL, the one takeaway the next generation can take from me is that I played 100 games in the purest format," Kohli said.
What a moment to commemorate his 100th Test appearance in whites 🙌🏻— BCCI (@BCCI) March 4, 2022
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