The wait for Virat Kohli’s 71st international hundred stretched further after the India captain got out for a well-made 66 in the 2nd ODI against England in Pune on Friday. In the match prior to it, Virat kohli had scored 56.
Kohli is looking solid in his batsmanship and it’s just a matter of time before he scores that much-awaited ton and many more after it. The 32-year-old partnered for 121 runs with centurion KL Rahul in the match as India posted 336/6 in their 50 over quota.
However, England chased down the target with 6 wickets and 39 balls remaining.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Murali Kartik asked the swashbuckling cricketer about his wait for the 71st ton. “Is it frustrating,” the former spinner queried.
Virat Kohli asserted that he never played for hundreds and that was the reason why he hit so many of them in a very short span of time. Kohli added that winning matches for the team was far more important than scoring in three figures.
“I never played for 100s in my life, that’s probably why I ended up getting so many in such little time. It’s all about contributing to the team cause. If the team doesn’t win when you get three figures it doesn’t mean anything. You’re not going to sit back at the end of your career and look at numbers, it’s more about how you played the game,” Virat Kohli said.
Notably, Virat Kohli has not scored an international hundred since the day-night Test against Bangladesh in November 2019. The India captain’s century drought in the ODI format stretches even more as he has not gone past the 3-figure mark since his twin hundreds against West Indies in August 2019.
Since then, Virat has failed to convert his 50s into a three-figure score and the wait for his 72nd International ton continues. This has been the longest period that Virat Kohli has endured in his international career where he has gone without scoring a hundred.