India’s Test captain Virat Kohi is a massive name in world cricket. He is a beast when it comes to run-making and even though runs have been hard to come by in recent times for the right-handed batter, he still oozes class whenever the ball has hit the middle of his bat.
The 33-year-old has 70 international hundreds to his credit and while it looked like he would reach a hundred international hundreds quickly, he hasn’t been able to reach triple figures even once since November 2019.
Talking about his form ahead of the final Test match of the ongoing series against South Africa, Kohli said: “It is not the first time. Let’s not get away from reality, it has happened a few times (lack of runs).”
“I don’t look at myself from the lens that the outside world looks at me. The standards I have been compared with have been set by myself. More than anyone else I take pride in wanting to do the best for the team. In sports sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to go but I realise that I have been involved in very important moments in the last year or so as a batter,” he added.
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Kohli went on to outline how he has grown as an athlete in a team sport and how he does not look merely at the numbers.
“Eventually, those moments have been crucial. Sometimes your focal point changes, if you keep looking at yourself in terms of numbers you’ll never be happy,” he said.
“I take a lot of pride and motivation to be in those moments and have nothing to worry about. I truly believe I don’t need to prove myself to anyone. When you are in the position you are going to be judged by the outside world,” he added.
Virat missed out on the second Test match of the series and in the absence of him, the Men in Blue succumbed to a defeat as the series now stands poised at 1-1. With India having never won a Test series in the rainbow country, a perfect fairy tale end to the entire talk about Kohli’s lean patch would be him scoring a hundred and India winning the match and the series.
The final Test is set to commence on January 11 with the first ball set to be bowled at 2:00 pm (IST).