Virat Kohli’s 71st century drought comes to an end as he made sure not to spare Afghanistan bowlers as the two teams closed up their Asia Cup 2022 journey before going home. India and Afghanistan engaged in their last Super 4 match of the event on 8th September, battling for formality. Both of them were expelled from the tournament after losing versus Pakistan as they faced Rohit Sharma’s and Mohammad Nabi’s men in their first and second Super 4 game of the Asia Cup.
Playing in a contest, the results of which do not matter, for either of the teams have seen India creating multiple records versus Afghanistan, who were all fumed up against Pakistan in their last Super 4 match. All the Umar Gul-trained bowlers have been in action throughout the tournament but failed versus India in their last match of the round.
Afghanistan bowlers, who won the matches to the team in the Group Stage, and showcased brilliancy versus Pakistan in their second Super 4 encounter, failed to clutch the wicket of Kohli, who remained not out by the end of his side’s innings. The former Indian skipper, who had been struggling to slam a hundred across any format, has broken the jinx, smashing 122 just from 61 balls.
This Asia Cup has been fortunate enough for the 33-year-old, who took a month gap before it started for Zimbabwe and West Indies series. Although it was the longest-ever gap from cricket in his career, it turned out to be fruitful as Kohli kept on generating results throughout the team’s Asia Cup 2022 stint.
He has now surpassed Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan to be the top run-scorer in this year’s Asia Cup, amassing 276 runs in five games averaging 92.00. Kohli’s 122 versus Afghanistan is what is all over the internet today as he urged special celebrations to show the joy.
Kohli’s last century came versus Bangladesh in a Test match in 2019. It means he has raised the bat for his 71st after 2020 days, which counts as more than three years. During the regime, he has seen a lot, leaving the captaincy of some formats, being sacked from others, and continuing the struggles in run-making. The batter has bounced back to the form he used to be, and fans are loving it.