Virat Kohli became only the 12th Indian cricketer to play 100 Test matches in his career on Friday (March 4). The BCCI honoured him prior to the start of the Mohali Test against Sri Lanka. Due to bio-bubble limits, head coach Rahul Dravid congratulated the former India captain, while BCCI Secretary Jay Shah watched the event from the stands. Kohli was ecstatic and described it as a “great experience.” He was joined in the middle by his wife Anushka Sharma, who was also in the audience, and his brother. Dravid, the 33-year-childhood old’s hero, also gifted him with a commemorative 100th Test cap. He also expressed gratitude to the players, noting that he would not have been able to play as many games without their help.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. My wife has arrived, as has my brother. Everyone is ecstatic. It is a team sport, and we couldn’t have done it without you,” Kohli remarked. Virat Kohli also advised young cricketers to learn from him since, despite playing a lot of cricket, he was able to play the longest form of the game for such a long period. “The one thing the future generation can take from me in today’s cricket, with the quantity we play with three formats and an IPL, is that I played 100 games in the purest format,” he continued.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Virat Kohli can overcome his century drought in this one-off Test match. He last hit an international ton in November of this year, and supporters will be hoping to see him hit another big one shortly. In the upcoming Test match, India lost both openers for less than 100 runs, and Kohli is currently batting alongside Hanuma Vihari.