Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Sunday became the first Indian player to play 100 matches in all three formats of the game. He achieved the feat against Pakistan as soon as he took the field in the Asia Cup Group A match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Prior to this competition, Virat had represented Team India in 99 T20Is, scoring 3,308 runs at an average of 50.12. His best individual score so far for India in this format is 94 and he has also scored 30 half-centuries in this format.
India restricts Pakistan to 147 runs
India captain Rohit Sharma opted to field against Pakistan in the match and bowled out Pakistan for 147. Kohli has now become the second Indian male player to represent the country in 100 T20Is and he is also the second player after former New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor to play 100 matches in all three formats of the game.
Kohli has scored 70 centuries
Kohli has played 262 ODIs and 102 Test matches so far in his international career. He has 70 international hundreds to his name, but he last scored a century in November 2019 and has not been able to reach the three-figure mark since then. Talking to host broadcaster Star Sports on playing 100 T20Is, Kohli said, "You can see the numbers, but for me, the meaning is completely different. It signifies longevity keeping in mind the demands of playing the game at the highest level. To nurture their game time and again, it is a reflection of how one wants to live one's life.
Virat Kohli rested
Earlier this year, Virat was rested from the series against West Indies and Zimbabwe after the tour of England. The batsman revealed how he was showing off his passion and how he was mentally broken. He said that for the first time in 10 years, I did not touch the bat for a month. I realized that I was showing off my passion lately. Your body is telling you to stop and it is asking you to take a break.
Kohli had become mentally weak
He said that I am seen as a person who is very strong mentally and I am. Everyone has a limit and you need to recognize that limit otherwise things can get unhealthy for you. This period taught me a lot, you know many things which I was not allowing to surface. When it came out, I embraced it. I am not ashamed to admit that I was feeling mentally weak, it is normal to feel. But we don't speak because we hesitate.