'Was I Crying For This?': Virat Kohli Opens Up On Scoring 71st International Ton

Virat Kohli scored his maiden T20I hundred against Afghanistan which also saw him putting an end to the long wait of international century.

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Virat Kohli's century drought of almost three years since November 2019 ended against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022. A high-flying International career suddenly lost track as centuries stopped coming out of the bat of Virat Kohli. The player was believed to break the record of 100 centuries made by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. At the start, it seemed like a short-term struggle for Kohli to score a ton but the woe continued and despite being among runs, the right-handed batter had to wait for almost three years before he scored his 71st International century of his career.

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Virat Kohli expressed his emotions about the 71st ton

Virat Kohli, one of the greatest to ever play Cricket also had a downfall in his career. Obviously, it's not like he was struggling to score runs. It was just, he was unable to score a century in a 2.5-3 years period. It was a long time without a century for a player like him. Although he never gave up and tried to give his best in every game and the struggle finally came to an end against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022. Opening up on his emotions after the century, Kohli revealed that he questioned himself if it was the thing that he was cribbing about for the past two years.

"The ball before I got to the 100, is the time I felt, oh I am on 94, I could probably get this. And the next ball went for six. But the thing is that as soon as I go the 100, I laughed so hard. (I was like), 'main iske liye ro raha tha 2 saal se? (Was I crying for this for 2 years?)'," Kohli said an episode of 'Let There Be Sport', which is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

Kohli currently has 75 international centuries to his name and he is only behind Tendulkar in the all-time record. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is third on the list with 71 tons.

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