Virat Kohli has finally smashed a century in international cricket after 1020 days. The 71st century he has scored in international cricket puts him joint-second-most all-time in this category.
After a lengthy lean patch, Virat Kohli broke his century against the Mohammad Nabi-led Afghanistan National Cricket Team in the fifth match of the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 round at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, September 8.
Kohli recorded his final international century in November 2019. His most recent test century came against Bangladesh in November 2019 at Eden Gardens, while his most recent ODI century came against West Indies in August 2019 at Queen’s Park Oval.
Virat Kohli’s maiden international century took precisely 2 years, 9 months, and 16 days. Kohli hit his first T20I century.
Virat Kohli has now become the fourth Indian National Cricket Team batter to register a century in all three forms, after Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul.
After 522 innings, Kohli became the quickest player in cricket history to reach the 71-century mark. In 523 and 652 innings, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting each scored their 71st international century.
Kohli performed admirably in the match against Afghanistan, striking a half-century off 32 balls. It took him 53 balls to get his century against a strong Afghanistan bowling attack.
He scored 122 runs off 61 balls with a strike rate of 200, including 12 fours and six sixes. Kohli is presently the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Asia Cup. India managed to score 212/2 after losing the toss and batting first.
Following Virat Kohli's 71st ton, Twitter reacted like this:
The tension, pressure or whatever it is, it’s totally missing on Virat Kohli’s face and hence he is playing so freely and confidently. Scoring runs everywhere on the ground. GOAT! #IndvsAFG pic.twitter.com/sBHOYUrBi7
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) September 8, 2022
All of us Virat Kohli fans tonight 😭
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) September 8, 2022
There it is! 💯 for @imVkohli 👏👏
His first in T20Is and 71st in International Cricket.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 8, 2022
The great is back @imVkohli
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 8, 2022
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) September 8, 2022
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 8, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) September 8, 2022
Awesome SAUsome 🤩💯 #ViratKohli
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) September 8, 2022
Virat Kohli will always be a champion cricketer. 💯
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 8, 2022
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) September 8, 2022
71st hundred coming when it was the last thing in our mind these days. It’s God message for us to stop being desperate.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 8, 2022
@imVkohli dancing again! What a lovely sight
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) September 8, 2022
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 8, 2022
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 8, 2022
Least Innings taken to Score 71 100s
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) September 8, 2022
The glow on Kohli’s face after hitting that ton. That was everything!
— Manya (@CSKian716) September 8, 2022
STOP THE PRESS!!!
THE 71ST IS HERE… AND IN SOME STYLE!!
— Gurkirat Singh Gill (@gurkiratsgill) September 8, 2022
Celebration by Virat Kohli after completing his maiden T20I hundred. pic.twitter.com/gIznuEmgGx
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 8, 2022
So should Virat open at the T20 World Cup?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 8, 2022
Welcome back Master, The King Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/tdLaAlucMY
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 8, 2022
Virat Kohli becomes the first player to score a century in the T20 Asia Cup.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 8, 2022
Still shaking. Still seems a dream!!!
He was over, we never ever stopped believing
Legend. Legend. Legendddddd
— Sarah Waris (@swaris16) September 8, 2022
— TheRandomCricketPhotosGuy (@RandomCricketP1) September 8, 2022
There is no way I have waited almost 4 years just for it to come on a casual evening like this 😭
— Sonali (@samtanisonali1) September 8, 2022
King Kohli is back & in what great form! This century was so well deserved @imVkohli👑 The nation is going to be celebrating this for a long time now! 🙌🏻#ViratKohli #GOAT #RPSwing pic.twitter.com/jUUB63qvbe
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 8, 2022
Take a bow @imVkohli form is temporary class is permanent! Fabulous knock 👏 keep shining
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) September 8, 2022
Form is temporary…Class is permanent. Always love watching @imVkohli playing..what a brilliant 💯 you are a real king 👍
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) September 8, 2022
The king is back ! This shows his class , determination & resilience. What an incredible innings by @imVkohli – many many congrats to him ! you always have been and always will be inspirational! #INDvsAFG #AsiaCup2022
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) September 8, 2022
I’d say the gorilla is off the back. What a knock and what an apt celebration after he broke the 💯 drought!! Well done @imVkohli. Amazing stuff 🙌🏾💪🏾
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) September 8, 2022
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) September 8, 2022
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 8, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 8, 2022
Intezar khatam. 💯 #ViratKohli𓃵
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 8, 2022
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) September 8, 2022