Current Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma and the former captain Virat Kohli were involved in a sweet little funny moment after the win against Afghanistan on Thursday in Dubai, which concluded their Asia Cup 2022 campaign.
In the game, Kohli finally managed to break his and his billion fans’ wait for his 71st international century that had extended for 1020 days and 83 international innings during which he averaged a mediocre 36.
Against the hapless Afghanistan bowlers, who were tired physically and mentally after their game against Pakistan less than 24 hours ago, Kohli made the most of his opportunity to open when Rohit Sharma was rested.
Virat Kohli equals Ricky Ponting’s record of 71 hundreds
He cracked his maiden T20I ton – remaining unbeaten on 122* off 61 balls, in his knock the right-hander walloped 12 fours and creamed 6 sixes.
After the match, Kohli remained in a jolly mood and so was skipper Rohit Sharma who interviewed the day’s centurion in a video for the BCCI.
Rohit asked Kohli about his splendid innings today and was unusually speaking in pure Hindi, which is not seen much from him as Rohit is generally heard speaking in his typical tapori Mumbai language.
Rohit said: “Virat, bahot bahot badhaayi aapko, aapka 71st hundred. Poori India wait kar rahi thi, I am sure aap zyada wait kar rahe the. Aapne jo innings kheli usmein kaafi kuch dekhne ko mila, aapne gaps achhe dhoondhe, shots achhe lagaaye, toh apni innings ke baare mein bataaiye, kaisi shuruaat huyi, aur uske baad kaisi thi feeling.”
With a hearty smile on his face, Kohli laughingly said, “Itni shuddh Hindi bola raha hai mere saath pehli baar.”
You can watch the video here:
What happens when @ImRo45 interviews @imVkohli ☺️ 👏
Laughs, mutual admiration & a lot of respect 😎- by @ameyatilak
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— BCCI (@BCCI) September 9, 2022
Kohli credited the skipper, Rohit, and the team management for the space that they welcomed Kohli back in after his six-week break prior to the Asia Cup. The King is looking forward to the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.
“Personally, since I’ve come back from a break where I didn’t touch the bat for the longest time in the 13-14 years I’ve played, a lot of things were put into perspective. I got a lot of clarity from you guys [pointing to Rohit] and the team management, to just allow me to bat. That was very important,” Kohli said.
“The space I got made me feel very relaxed. When I returned, I was excited to see how I could contribute to the team. Playing this way was important for me because the World Cup is big and if I play well, I can contribute big for the team.”