Virat Kohli (Virat Kohli 100th test) became the 12th player in India and the 71st in the world to play 100 Tests. However, Kohli failed to score a century in the first innings and was dismissed for 45 runs.
IND vs SL: Virat Kohli felt like debut in 100th Test, shared his feelings with Rahul Dravid
For Virat Kohli , the first Test match between India and Sri Lanka started in Mohali (India vs Sri Lanka Mohali Test) was very special. Virat Kohli, who started his Test career about 11 years ago , stepped into his 100th Test in Mohali on Friday, 4 March . Virat Kohli, who has played 99 Tests and about 350 ODI-T20 matches for India so far, has a lot of experience in international cricket, but despite this he was very restless about this match and Kohli admitted that he felt as if He should be debuting for Team India.
The first match of the Test series in Mohali started with Virat Kohli honored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. On behalf of the BCCI, the head coach of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid, gave Kohli the special cap of the 100th Test and congratulated him for this achievement and also praised him. Kohli also said that it is a great honor for him and wants the coming generation to learn from his career to pursue Test cricket.
‘It felt like I am debuting again…’
If the day started with Kohli, then it also ended with Kohli. Kohli came for the press conference for the first time after about two and a half months. Kohli was in front of journalists for the first time after the explosive and controversial press conference of 15 December, but this time the talk was only about his 100th Test. Talking about his feelings before the match, Kohli said,
“I didn’t realize the importance of this moment until I spoke to Rahul bhai in the ceremony. To be honest, I was a little nervous….I felt like I was making my debut again. I told the same to Rahul bhai also.”
What a moment to commemorate his 100th Test appearance in whites 🙌🏻
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 4, 2022
The wait for the century is not over
However, everyone wanted Kohli to bat till the end of the day, but it did not happen and once again the wait for the century increased. Kohli played a short but good innings in his memorable Test. Coming at number four, Kohli first handled the team with a better partnership with Mayank Agarwal and then Hanuma Vihari. However, when he seemed to be in good rhythm, he was bowled by a wonderful delivery from left-arm spinner Lasith Ambuldeniya. Kohli scored 45 runs in 76 balls and will now be hoping for a century when he comes to bat in the second innings