Kohli has flicked the ball into the gap for a single off Lyon’s delivery, securing his 75th hundred. As he removes his helmet and kisses his ring, there is a palpable sense of relief for the accomplished cricketer. Axar congratulates him with a warm embrace, while Kohli acknowledges the applause from both his teammates and the crowd.
Ravi Shaz, commentating on the game, remarks that a “600kg Gorilla” has been lifted off Kohli’s back. Despite uncertainty surrounding Shreyas’ availability to bat, Kohli has held firm and played a mature innings, absorbing all the pressure.
The team still has a long way to go to wipe off the deficit, but Kohli’s defensive skills, precise shots and placement have been impressive on a pitch that has proven to be challenging. This is his first Test hundred since November 2019.
STAT: Slowest Test 100s for Kohli by balls faced
289 vs Eng Nagpur 2012
241 vs Aus Ahmedabad 2023 *
214 vs Aus Perth 2018
199 vs Aus Adelaide 2012
199 vs Aus Chennai 2013
After many years, he has finally scored a century in Test cricket. Virat Kohli appears to be quite satisfied after achieving this feat. Prior to this, Kohli had struggled with poor form for quite some time, but in the past year, he has made a comeback and has also scored a century in both T20 and ODI matches.