Virat Kohli became only the 12th Indian to play 100 Tests as he joined the elite group comprising Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Ishant Sharma, who played 100 Tests for the country.
Indian cricket’s reigning superstar was felicitated by the BCCI on Friday commemorating his landmark 100th Test match. Due to bio-bubble restrictions, it was Dravid, who presented Kohli with a commemorative cap and also a glittering memento.
“I couldn’t have received it from a better person, one of my childhood heroes. I still have that picture in my house from under-15 NCA days, where I was looking at you and taking a picture with you, and today I get my 100th Test cap from you. So, indeed it’s been a great journey and one which hopefully continues to grow.”
What makes this achievement more special is the fact that Kohli was able to 100 Tests while playing in all three formats through a grueling international schedule. This shows the fitness levels of Virat Kohli and he wants the “next generation” to take inspiration from this.
“In present-day cricket, with the amount of cricket we play with three formats and the IPL, the only takeaway, if the next generation can take from my Test career, is that I was able to strive through and play the purest format of the game and get to 100 Test matches,” Kohli said after being felicitated by head coach Rahul Dravid before the match this morning.
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Bollywood actor and Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma and his brother Vikas Kohli we’re also present in the stadium along with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, and vice-president Rajiv Shukla.
“It is a special moment for me. My wife is here and so is my brother. All my family members and coach from childhood, are proud. It is indeed a team game and it couldn’t have been possible without you.”
“Thanks to BCCI as well for giving me this opportunity to represent the Indian cricket team initially and from there on everything has gone from strength to strength.
It’s well deserved, well earned, and hopefully, it is just the start of many things to come: Dravid while facilitating Virat Kohli
Indian Head coach Rahul Dravid, who is also the childhood hero of Kohli, gave memorable speech moments before facilitating the run-machine.
“Virat, I am sure when you started out as a kid, you wanted to play one Test match for India and you stand here today on the cusp of your 100th Test match. It’s a testament to everything that is great in our sport… sweat, discipline, courage, skill, determination, desire, focus, you had it all. You had a great journey. You have done it with class and excellence.”
“You can be very proud of not only playing the 100th Test match but also for the great journey that you have navigated through. Congratulations to you and your family on this fantastic achievement,” Dravid said.
“It’s well deserved, well earned, and hopefully it is just the start of many things to come. As we say in the dressing room, double it up,” the former captain before presenting the cap to Kohli.”
• Virat Kohli becomes the 12th Indian to represent India in 100 Tests.
• Kohli gets facilitated by Rahul Dravid ahead of his 100th Test.
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