“I was least expecting to score a hundred in this format”: Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma

Xtra Time Web Desk: Star India batter Virat Kohli scored first T20I hundred against Afghanistan in the Super 4 clash of Asia Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday night. Kohli, who reached the three-figure mark after 1021 days in an impromptu interview to captain Rohit Sharma after the match said he was least expecting the hundred to come in T20 format. Kohli scored 122 not out on his way to reaching his 71st international hundred.

“Last two and a half years have taught me a lot. I am going to turn 34 in a month. So those angry celebrations are a thing of the past,” said Virat to Rohit in the interview facilitated by BCCI.

He added, “Actually I was shocked. This is the last format I thought. It was an accumulation of a lot of things. The team has been open and helpful.”

Kohli credited his actress wife Anushka Sharma for standing behind him like a rock during his turbulent times.

“I know there was a lot of stuff going outside. And I kissed my ring. You see me standing here because one person has put things in perspective for me. That’s Anushka. This hundred is for her and for our little daughter Vamika as well.

He added, “When you have someone next to you having conversations putting things in perspective, like Anushka has been… when I came back I was not desperate. Six weeks off I was refreshed. I realised how tired I was.”

“Competitiveness doesn’t allow it, but this break allowed me enjoy the game again,” signed off Kohli.