There’s always a time in the life of every extraordinary cricket player where they just cannot find their mojo. Notwithstanding their class, they sometimes just cannot reach the hallmark of 100. Currently, in the mix of things is the Indian Captain Virat Kohli. The last time Virat hit a century in ODIs was way back in August 2019 when he went back-to-back 100+ vs West Indies and the last time in tests when he scored 123 against Bangladesh in 2019.
With the ongoing India vs England series, the century drought of the chase master has been the talk of the series as it was in India vs Australia series. That is what happens when you are that consistent with the bat across all formats. Virat has scored 43 ODI hundreds and 27 test centuries along with 7 double hundreds in the longest format of the game. He is only behind Sachin Tendulkar (100) and Ricky Ponting (71) when it comes to making hundreds in international cricket.
The question, however, is what has been his previous performances regardless of the fact that he is not able to score centuries. If he hasn’t scored a 100, was that the absolute need of the hour or were those 60s, 70s, or even consistent 80s valuable for the team?
In a recent pre-match conference, when asked about the approaching record of being the most successful test Captain, King Kohli clearly stated that these records do not matter to him especially if they are at the individual level. More so, he has taken the philosophy of one match per game originated by MS Dhoni forward and expressed his views on the World Test Championship as well that he is not thinking of qualifications as much as he is willing to win the test match at the moment.
Currently, India is dominating the test with Axar picking 6 wickets hammering England to 112 all out in the 1st innings. However, with the bat, it was Kohli who miscued one back to his stumps while cutting a ball that was way too close to pull. Leach celebrated but Virat & Rohit clearly looked annoyed about losing an important wicket on the verge of the day’s end.
Kohli played better cricket with the bat in the 2nd innings of the previous game where he looked like playing masterstrokes against the English bowlers. Something that even quality batters haven’t been able to do so far in the series. The reason Kohli has not been able to accomplish the century mark is way beyond his skillset or mindset, it is the matter of pressure, chances, and opportunities.
Remember that epic game when India chased down 200+ against West Indies where Kohli gave Kesrick Williams a lesson in book-marking. He played an aggressive knock of 94* that was enough to take India home. Recently, in T20Is against Australia, Kohli scored back to back 80+ scores but sadly Hazlewood ended those innings with the right fielders in the right positions at the wrong time.
The fact that not much cricket happened in 2020 is also a factor that has made fans wait for his next century knock, but what people need to understand is that he is a class player and is still turning up at the right time when his team needs him to deliver. Let’s hope luck favours our King Kohli and we get to see that aggressive century celebration that says: “My bat will do the talking!”
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