Virat Kohli last century: The Indian captain scored a second consecutive impact-generating half-century at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
During the third T20I of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Ahmedabad, India captain Virat Kohli led from the front to rescue his team from a difficult position.
Kohli, who came out to bat at No. 4 after more than a year, found himself in the middle in the powerplay. In addition to a dearth of runs, India were also struggling due to losing wickets at regular intervals back then which included Kohli and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (25) getting involved in a massive miscommunication.
Having scored 14* (14) at the halfway mark with India reeling at 55/3, the hosts needed Kohli to bat till the end – something which he did successfully at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
It was in the last five overs that Kohli scored 49* (17) to power India to 156/6 in 20 overs. Having started the assault by hitting a four and a six off England spearhead Jofra Archer in the 16th over, Kohli replicated the same against Chris Jordan in the following over.
England’s Mark Wood, who had troubled the Indian batsmen with his pace in the powerplay, had no clue against Kohli’s brilliance as the right-hand batsman played second to none shots to hit two sixes and a four in the 18th over.
Virat Kohli last century
Top-scoring for his team in the second consecutive match, Kohli scored a valiant 77* (46) which comprised of eight fours and four sixes. In what is Kohli’s 27th T20I half-century, it is also his second in as many matches.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 16, 2021
Expecting Kohli to score a century tonight was unfair especially after considering the position India were in. However, this match will be added to the list of matches in which Kohli hasn’t scored a century since last scoring one in November 2019.
It is worth mentioning that Kohli’s last international century had come against Bangladesh in India’s inaugural pink-ball Test match at the Eden Gardens. As far as Kohli’s last ODI century is concerned, it had come against West Indies during India’s tour of West Indies in 2019 at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Since scoring his last international century, Kohli’s 1,436 runs in 39 innings across formats have come at an average of 42.23 including 14 half-centuries and a best of 94*.