Cricketers celebrate Virat Kohli's masterclass as "King is back"
By siliconindia | Monday, 16 January 2023, 03:39:28 PM IST
Virat Kohli of India received acclaim from the cricketing community after he silenced naysayers who had questioned his status on the team with his third one-day international century in four games. In his 46th ODI century and 74th overall, Kohli, 34, led India to the largest ever ODI victory against Sri Lanka by 317 runs. The former skipper announced his return as a run machine in style by ending the previous year with an ODI century against Bangladesh and starting 2023 with another 113 against Sri Lanka.
Kohli went through an extended lean stretch last year, failing to hit three figures in almost 1,000 days. He resigned from his position as T20 captain in late 2021, and in January 2022, he was relieved of his ODI and Test captaincy duties as well. Last week, "King Kohli" discussed his dry phase's mental challenges once more, noting how he had been "snappy" with his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma.
"In my case, in denial, frustration was creeping in. I was very cranky, very snappy in my space," Kohli told the Indian cricket board's website. "It was not fair on Anushka, my close ones, it's not fair on the people who support you. So I had to take responsibility and kind of put things in perspective". 'Different level' But he hit his first century after 1020 days in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament in September last year and hasn't looked back since.
Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle said, "the king is back to doing what he does best, scoring hundreds". Kohli's long-time IPL friend and former teammate at Royal Challengers Bangalore AB de Villiers tweeted: "Virat Kohli! Different level". "It's wonderful to see Virat Kohli back at his best in white-ball cricket, this unbeaten 166 was special even by his lofty standards," batting great VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.
Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka and Kamran Akmal of Pakistan both referred to Kohli as a "contemporary great" and "the master of this period," respectively. The son of former India cricketer Dilip Sardesai and a prominent Indian journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai, praised Kohli as the greatest ODI player in history. Remember how, just a few months ago, some questioned Virat Kohli's future, particularly in white ball cricket?, Sardesai tweeted. The "King is back," Sardesai tweeted, noting Kohli's T20 World Cup run total, which led the competition, and his two ODI centuries against Sri Lanka.
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