The wait for his next international century continues, but there is no cricket critic in the world who can question the former India captain’s dedication.
💬 💬 “It’s an achievement Virat Kohli can be proud of.”Former #TeamIndia Captain and current India Head Coach Rahu… https://t.co/Anto55u95V
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The proud face of Indian cricket, Virat, since he burst onto the international stage, has been on a mission and that has been tearing apart the record books, rewriting them and rewriting history. A total of 23,569 international runs so far, along with 70 centuries, the legacy of the 33-year-old continues to grow and inspire.
The Master Blaster @sachin_rt congratulates @imVkohli on his milestone.Listen in to that special anecdote from 20… https://t.co/FrMVY6VuTZ
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Now, with the responsibilities of being captain no longer weighing him down, Virat can focus entirely on his batting and try and go back to being the ever consistent run machine he has been in the past.
A Very Very Special message from @VVSLaxman281 to a Very Very Special cricketer! 👍 👍Congratulations @imVkohli on… https://t.co/PqRc4lb1rd
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And as the batting maestro gets set to enter the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali March 4, Virat will be adding another feather to his illustrious cap — a 100th Test. A landmark moment for the man himself and for his fans from around the world. Virat will become just the 12th Indian to play 100 Tests when India take on Sri Lanka in the first Test starting Friday.
🗨️🗨️ “Playing 100 Test matches is a fantastic milestone.”#TeamIndia great Dilip Vengsarkar applauds @imVkohli on… https://t.co/twgxxA95gy
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1646293652000
Virat will be joining the elite list which has names like Sachin Tendulkar (200), Rahul Dravid (163), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113), Ishant Sharma (105), Harbhajan Singh (103) and Virender Sehwag (103) – who have previously represented India in a 100 Tests or more.
Over the years, Virat has given cricket fans, especially in India, a lot to cheer about. Scoring runs, dominating oppositions and raising the bar across the world. Though of late all the talk has been about him not managing to score an international century for a while, there is no doubt that he has a lot of cricket left in him. In fact, devoid of the responsibilities of captaincy, we might see Virat the batsman hit a new gear.
As King Kohli enters the 100-Test club, TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at the top 5 best compliments Virat has received over the years from cricketing greats: