Virat Kohli finally ends the drought of the century after nearly three years with a sparkling strike against Afghanistan

Virat Kohli scored a ton of 53 balls against Afghanistan on Thursday.© AFP

Virat Kohli A long wait, which had begun in November 2019, has finally ended, when he last scored in international cricket for a century. On Thursday, the wait of more than two years and nine months ended when the former captain of the Indian cricket team reached the three-digit mark with a loss of six. Farid Ahmed In the 19th match of the Asian Super Cup 4 against Afghanistan. That shot means that nearly three years later, Kohli is a hit – which was also his 71st century across formats and his first in the T20Is! With a reliable draw shot against Farid Ahmed’s short ball, he cleared the deep confines of the mid-wicket to reach the important mark.

Kohli eventually finished 122* from just 61 balls, the highest single result in a T20I for India. He surpassed Rohit Sharma’s record of 118 against Sri Lanka in Indore in 2017. He also now equals Ricky Ponting’s 71st century mark. Only Sachin Tendulkar (100) scored tons more than Kohli and Ponting.

The 34-year-old has been under increasing pressure over the past few months with his lean patch. Some experts have even questioned his place in the T20I team, as his shot rate hasn’t been among the best of late. However, Kohli has now silenced all these detractors with his scintillating blow against Afghanistan. Even before this match, Kohli scored half a century and showed signs of getting back into shape.

Muhammad Kaif wrote on Twitter: “This Asia Cup will be remembered because Virat Kohli finally took a turn to the peak. Very aggressive, very impressive, very Virat Kohli.” His lead perfectly summed up what Kohli’s form meant for India ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

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Against Afghanistan, Kohli started with a calculated approach and then went berserk. His 12 innings included fours and sixes. His shot range was great because he found the gap regularly.

“The past two and a half years have taught me a lot,” Kohli said after buying a ton. “I’m going to be 34 a month.” “So those angry celebrations are a thing of the past. Actually I was shocked. This is the last format I thought of. It was an accumulation of a lot of things. The team was open and helpful. I know there was a lot of stuff coming out. I’m standing here because one person set the record straight for me This is Anushka This hundred for her and our little daughter Famika too When you have someone by your side Having conversations you set the record straight like Anushka…When I came back I wasn’t desperate Six weeks later I was refreshed. I realized how tired I was. The competition doesn’t allow it, but this break allowed me to enjoy the game again.”

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