Watch: "Abhi bhi Cricket Baki Hai"- Virat Kohli's words to Bhuvneshwar Kumar after scoring 71st Internatinal Century
On Friday, the world witnessed one of the most incredible knocks ever played in the history of T20I cricket, when India took on Afghanistan in the fifth match of the "super four" stage of the Asia Cup 2022. India locked horns with Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium after both teams were knocked out of the tournament.
The former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, scored his long awaited 71st international century on Friday after almost three years. Virat reached the three-figure mark after 1120 days since he last scored an international century.
Virat scored a century off 53 balls to end his century drought, and an unbeaten 122* off 61 balls with 12 fours and six sixes to help India reach 212/2 in 20 overs. He carried his bat through after coming out to open the innings and remained not out till the 20th over.
After the end of the first innings, going back to the dressing room, all the Indian players congratualted the former skipper. However, when Bhuvneshwar Kumar came to him to shake his hands, he told the pacer, "Abhi baki hai cricket (Cricket is still left in me)".
Virat Kohli to Bhuvneshwar Kumar after yesterday's century - "Abhi baki hai cricket (Cricket is still left in me)" - Virat Kohli is True Champion, True Fighter.pic.twitter.com/tyKu4qGmMK— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) September 9, 2022
Apart from Virat, skipper KL Rahul also scored a half-century. He made 62 off 41 balls with six fours and two sixes. In response, the Afghanistan top-order was blown away by the swing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who ended up picking up the second five-wicket haul of his career.
Bhuvi ended up bowling 20 dot balls in his four overs and picked up 5/4. Afghanistan scored 111/8 in their 20 overs and lost the match by 101 runs. Virat won the "Man of the Match" award for his brilliant century.
At the post-match presentation, Virat said, "Today I think was just a build up of the last few games," Kohli said. "I actually batted out of my skin to be honest, I surprised myself."
This was his maiden T20I century and with this, he has now become the fourth Indian to score a century in all three formats. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Suresh Raina are the other three.