Former India skipper Virat Kohli said that he never thought of playing 100 Test matches for India and termed the journey really long.
As the hosts take on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the upcoming two-match series, batter Virat Kohli will achieve the landmark of playing 100 Tests.
“I never thought of playing 100 Test matches for India. It has been a long journey and I have played a lot of international cricket during this time. I am grateful that I have been able to complete the landmark. God has been really kind and I have worked hard on my fitness. It is a big moment for me, my family and coach,” Kohli said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the BCCI.
“I never grew up thinking that I have to score small runs. The idea was to score a lot of runs. I scored double hundreds in junior cricket. The long innings take a lot out of you. Test cricket needed to stay alive, for me, that’s real cricket,” he added.
Kohli was slated to play his 100th Test match in South Africa but he was ruled out of the second match. He will complete the memorable moment in front of the 50 percent crowd in Mohali. Earlier, he stepped down as Test captain after India’s series defeat in South Africa.
He led India to win in 40 Tests out of 68 as a captain. Virat led India for the first time against Australia in 2014. His last century came against Bangladesh in 2019.