Rohit Sharma Interviews Virat Kohli Following His 71st International Century. Virat Kohli grilled by Rohit Sharma about his stunning century against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.
India skipper Rohit Sharma chose to rest for their final Asia Cup Super 4 match against Afghanistan. But in his absence, Virat Kohli smashed his 71st international century and first in T20Is. Kohli then batted an unbeaten 122 off 61 deliveries as India cruised to a 101-run victory in Dubai. After the game, Kohli was interviewed by Rohit and opened up about his innings and finally ending a nearly three-year century drought.
Watch: Virat Kohli is interviewed by Rohit Sharma.
“It was a memorable day for us. We discussed as a team after the previous match how important it is to play this match with the right attitude. Because this tournament was crucial to us. We’ve seen knockout stages and been under pressure, but we all know what our goal is. We are preparing for the World Cup in Australia. We will learn from the games we lost “Kohli informed Rohit.
“Personally, not just today, but since I returned to the team, I’ve had a big break. and quite a few things have come into perspective,” he said. “And from you guys and the management, the communication was clear — to just let me bat. That was very important for me. The space I got from all of you guys, it really helped me relax in that whole phase, and when I came back, I was excited about how I could contribute to the team.”
“I wanted to play like this because we have a big World Cup coming up, and I’ll be contributing more if I play like this,” he explained.
Kohli also said he was “pleasantly surprise” to get a century. After such a long time in the T20 format.
While Kohli had 27 Test centuries and 43 ODI centuries prior to Thursday, he had never scored a T20I century.
Kohli also discuss with India’s new captain how he had been trying to slog more. Which was not his natural game, and how returning to playing his shots and finding gaps helped him regain his touch.
He also praised KL Rahul for his fine half-century, saying it was critical for the team that Rahul enter the World Cup in “good spirits.”