Virat Kohli 71st international century: Virat Kohli’s 71st international century came in the most unlikely of matches when he hit the coveted triple figures in a dead rubber Asia Cup match against Afghanistan.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul started for India with the former India captain batting like a house on fire from the word go.
Prior to this match, Kohli had last scored an international century against Bangladesh in a pink ball Test on November 23, 2019.
Kohli took 522 innings to complete the milestone of 71 centuries and has become the fastest player in the history of the game to achieve this feat. Legendary batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting had smashed their 71st international century in 523 and 652 innings respectively.
Meanwhile, Kohli showed his best performance in the match against Afghanistan and completed his half-century off 32 balls. He accelerated exceptionally well in the match against a good Afghanistan bowling unit and completed his century with 53 balls.
Overall, he scored 122 runs off 61 balls, including 12 fours and 6 sixes, and batted at a strike rate of 200. Kohli has now become the highest run accumulator in the ongoing Asia Cup. In addition, India was able to post 212/2 on the board after losing the toss and batting first.
Twitter Erupts In Joy As Virat Kohli Scores His Maiden T20I Century.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 8, 2022
There it is! 💯 for @imVkohli 👏👏
His first in T20Is and 71st in International Cricket.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 8, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 8, 2022