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In a scintillating century against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli breaks eight records, surpassing Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rohit Sharma.

A very unlikely scenario led to Virat Kohli scoring his 71 career century – opening the batting in a T20 game in front of fewer than 1000 spectators who attended the inconsequential Asia Cup 2022 Super4 match between India and Afghanistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.

Kohli scored 122 from 62 balls with 12 fours and six sixes, his first triple-figure total since November 2019.

His century matches Ricky Ponting‘s tally of 71 career centuries across formats and he is only behind Sachin Tendulkar who has 100 international centuries to his name.

Due to Rohit Sharma‘s absence during India’s last game, stand-in skipper K L Rahul (62 off 41 balls) and Kohli shared an exciting 119 off 76 balls.

By the end of the innings, Kohli was toying with the field and the bowlers, a sign he was back to his old self. Rahul’s strike was his most solid since his return from injury.

The openers needed to improve against spinners, notably Rashid Khan, before the T20 World Cup (0-33).

Kohli struck a rare sweep shot, piercing the field superbly and stepping out to the spinners.

India scored 87 without loss in 10 overs, and Kohli was on fire.

With a crisp pull shot off pacer Fareed Ahmed, Kohli reached the elusive three-figure mark in the last five overs. Taking off his helmet, he smiled and kissed his necklace.

As India passed 200, he smashed two sixes and fours off Fazalhaq Farooqi.