Former India Coach Ravi Shastri’s Unusual View of Virat Kohli: “Will Be Five Kilos Less”
Ravi Shastri, a former India coach, was asked about Virat Kohli reaching the triple-figure barrier after 1020 days following Kohli’s century on Thursday. He gave his viewpoint in return.
To put it bluntly, Virat Kohli’s century against Afghanistan in an Asia Cup Super 4 game was relieving. After more than a thousand days, Kohli finally scored a century in an international cricket match. He also set a T20I record for the highest individual score by an Indian with 122* off 61 balls against Afghanistan. With the T20 World Cup starting in less than two months, Kohli’s return to form could not have come at a better time. After the ton on Thursday, former India coach Ravi Shastri was questioned about Kohli breaking the triple-figure milestone after 1020 days. He gave his viewpoint in return.
“You mentioned 1020 days; I can confirm that I was in that dressing room for 700 of those days. It’s been a while. Now that the monkey is off his back. He is human. When you experience the kind of staggering success he had, when 70 hundreds come at once, you go through a period of one, two, two and a half, or two and a third years, after which regular people start telling you that “It’s been that long.” If it had been eating.
The final 40 runs of his inning revealed who it was: Virat Kohli. His trademark moves, assurance, poise, and complete disdain for bowling are all still present. It took a while for it to happen. “I predict he will weigh five kilos lighter today. Don’t ask me where the weight has disappeared; at least five kilograms have been removed off the head.
With an outstanding inning on Thursday that thrilled the hearts of a billion people, Kohli stole the stage. With an unbroken effort off 61 balls, he hit his first century since November 2019 and 71st overall, tying Ricky Ponting’s record for most international hundreds. He is presently just barely behind Sachin Tendulkar on the all-time list. Kohli’s first century in the shortest format was also achieved. After Rohit Sharma was rested for India’s final match of the tournament, Kohli and interim captain K L Rahul (62 off 41) put up a delightful 119 off 76 balls for the first wicket.
Kohli started experimenting with the field and the bowlers at the end of the inning. Which was solid evidence that he had returned to form. Rahul’s strike represented his most confident effort since returning from injury.
The openers, especially Rashid Khan, performed well against spinners (0-33). They sought to strengthen that area before the T20 World Cup since it was a weakness.
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