Former India skipper would hope to end 27-month wait for his 71st international hundred at his second home Bengaluru when the hosts take on Sri Lanka in the second Test.
Kohli’s last international hundred came in a ‘Pink Ball’ game in which Virat-led India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in Kolkata in 2019.
Kohli has gone 68 innings in international cricket without hitting a century since scoring 136 in Kolkata against Bangladesh.
Also, the 33-year old has accumulated 50 plus score only six times, with the highest being 79 against South Africa in Cape Town. However, Kohli’s streak without a three-figure mark for batters in the top five in Tests and ODIs is not the longest as there are 32 streaks longer than Virat’s.
Virat returns to his favourite ground M Chinnaswamy Stadium, a venue he knows from his early days in international cricket.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association has allowed 100 percent crowd attendance for the second Test which will boost Kohli’s confidence.
Virat Kohli scored a well compiled 45 in the first Test but failed to convert the start into a big one. Fatigue, low confidence and never ending criticism are also impacting his batting.
Batting against a less threatening Sri Lankan attack on a small ground is a perfect opportunity for one of the greatest to end his lean patch in front of the crowd.
It will be India’s last home Test match in 2022. The sub-continent team will play seven more Tests in the current WTC cycle after the Sri Lankan series.