Thank God… Ahead of the 100th Test, Kohli’s sweet message to Anushka

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Mohali: On playing Test cricket for India for the first time, Virat Kohli never imagined that he would play a hundred Tests and the former captain, who is preparing for this historic match of his career, said that his life is an example of this. That anything is possible (Virat Kohli Career). He said that he gave his all to the game and still gets restless before every match. The Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Friday, will be the hundredth Test (100th Test) of Kohli’s career. Kohli thanked wife Anushka Sharma for leaving a big impact in his life. He said, ‘I am thankful to God that I got a wife like her. She has been my source of strength. After he came into my life, I got better and that too. We helped each other grow. Kohli made his debut against West Indies in 2011 in which he scored four and 15 runs. After this, the veteran batsman did not shy away from scoring runs and so far he has 7962 runs to his name in the longest format at an average of 50.39. Kohli said in the video released by the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI), ‘No speculation can be made about life. You can never imagine how many wonderful moments are to come in your life in future.’ “You don’t know what is going to happen in the future,” he said. So it is good not to panic and not to be discouraged about it. My entire life and career is an example that anything can happen. He said, ‘To be honest, I never thought that I would play 100 Test matches. It’s been a long journey. We played a lot of cricket while reaching these 100 Test matches. He said, ‘There is a lot of international cricket happening. I am lucky that I am going to play my 100th Test match. In this match, 50 percent spectators have been allowed in the stadium and Kohli said that it is special. He said, ‘I have heard that the audience has been allowed to enter. It will be a special morning. I won’t lie but there will be restlessness. This restlessness will remain till the last match for India. When this restlessness is no more, then understand that your time has come. Before Kohli, players who played 100 Test matches for India include Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma. Kohli said, ‘God has been very pleased. I have worked really hard on my fitness. It is a big moment for me, for my family, for my coach, who is very happy that I have reached this milestone. He said, ‘I have worked hard to get here in Tests. I wanted to play Test cricket and always wanted this traditional and pure form of the game to survive. He said, ‘If you are able to leave any impact in your environment, then it is a matter of pride. I am very lucky because people rarely get such an opportunity and I have got it. I have given my all to this format. I have fulfilled the responsibility to the best of my ability. When Kohli became the Test captain, India was ranked seventh in the ICC rankings and had been the number one Test team for five consecutive years at the time of his relinquishment. He said, ‘I remember very well when I took over the Test captaincy. I had a vision for the team and we were number one for five consecutive years. I am proud of it.’ Recalling his first Test century against Australia in January 2012, he said, ‘I still remember my first Test century. He will always be special to me and being in Australia is even more special. When asked about the special memories of his career, he said, “The kind of cricket we played between 2015 and 2020 is special in itself. We lost some tough matches and came back well in some. I am proud of this whole round.

[Attribution to NBT]

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