Virat Kohli had no idea he would end up playing 100 Tests for India when he started and as he prepared for Friday’s historic game, the former captain and batting superstar said that his life was an ‘example that anything is possible.’ The 33-year-old, who is among the greatest exponents of the purest format, will face Sri Lanka in their landmark game. He said he gave his heart and soul to the sport and always had butterflies in his stomach before every game.
After scoring a forgettable 4 and 15 on his Test debut against the West Indies at Sabina Park in 2011, Kohli has come a long way in more than a decade in which he amassed 7,962 runs at a stellar average of 50, 39 in the longest format. .
“Life is unpredictable in many ways and I don’t think we should put any restrictions on life in terms of how many amazing moments you can witness in the future,” Kohli said in an interview with BCCI. tv on the eve of the big game here.
”You have no idea what the future holds. So it’s best not to panic or be demotivated by what might not happen, because my career and my life are the example that anything is possible. ” Fans up to 50% capacity of the stadium will be on the ground from Friday and Kohli said it would be special.
“I hear crowds have also been allowed. It’s going to be a special morning. I mean, I wouldn’t lie. There will be butterflies,” he said.
”There must be butterflies until the last game you play for India. Once those butterflies are gone, you know it’s time. They stayed a long time and they continue to be. And this test will be no different,” he added. Feels surreal ========== Kohli will join an illustrious roster including Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma, all of whom played 100 tests.
”It’s surreal, I never imagined that I would play 100 Tests for India. It’s been a long journey, I’ve played a lot of cricket in those 100 Tests, a lot of international cricket.
Knowing how many tests we play these days, God has been kind. I worked very hard on my physical condition and it’s a great moment for me, my family and my trainer. So yeah, it’s a very, very special moment,” he added.
Kohli was India’s most successful skipper in the Tests, having led 68 games, winning 40 of them.
The biggest achievement of his captaincy came in 2018, when India beat Australia in their own backyard to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It took India 71 years and 12 overs to make history as Kohli’s defiant unit beat the Aussies 2-1 with wins in Adelaide and Melbourne.
“The way people see Test cricket being played under me or just the way I played Tests and how I thought and how I wanted to play Tests, that didn’t happen by accident.
”I put in a lot of effort. I really made sure that my core moral values, when it comes to the game of cricket, remain intact, which is wanting to play test cricket and wanting the purest form of the game to stay alive. fortunes of the Test format and the Indian said he felt proud to have contributed to it.
”If you have a greater impact on your environment. It’s a matter of pride and really something that I feel blessed with because this opportunity very rarely comes to people and I was blessed with this opportunity.
”I gave my heart and soul to this format. I had the privilege… and I did my job to the best of my abilities. I have fulfilled my responsibilities.” When Kohli took over as Test captain, India was ranked 7th in the ICC rankings and by the time he relinquished it, India had completed five consecutive years as than #1 ranked test team.
”I clearly remember when I took over as test captain, I had this vision for the team that we have to play a certain way and we ended up achieving that five years in a row, so immensely proud.
“It was something magical to be a part of you in the locker room and you knew you could win anywhere and that feeling was so empowering,” he said.
Maiden Test ton in Adelaide knocked it down ============================ Kohli announced his arrival on the big stage five months after his test debut when he scored his first Test Century – a 116 against Australia in Adelaide in January 2012.
“I think my first Test 100 is something I remember very well and it’s still very fresh in my memory,” he said.
”It’s a day that will always be very, very special to me. And also, knowing that he came to Australia made him that much more special.
“For a young man wanting to establish himself in Test cricket, that first 100 to come to Australia was something that really boosted my confidence. If you see my career, it really took off from there. My confidence has grown by leaps and bounds,” he said.
Speaking of his fond memories, he said: ”From 2015 to 2020, there were five to six years, the kind of cricket we played, each of these tours or each of these games is a special memory in itself. .
”We had tough defeats, we had incredible comebacks. I am immensely proud of the whole phase.
“I can’t identify a single memory. I mean, it would be a mistake of me to point to winning the series in Australia or, you know, going out of England 2-1 and potentially reclaiming the trophy with us. ” Kohli thanked his actress wife Anushka Sharma for being ” a huge influence ” in his life.
”I have become a completely changed man for all the right reasons. I have evolved in the right direction. I am very, very thankful and thankful to God to have a life partner like her and she has been an absolute pillar of strength for me.
“I started to evolve when Anushka came into my life and vice versa. We both helped each other grow. I couldn’t have gone on with so much composure and so much passion and zeal if it wasn’t for her in my life,” he said.
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