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Virat Kohli is back!!!

Virat Kohli seems to have rediscovered his Midas touch. And, therefore is appearing to be back on his merry form which he seemed to have lost post-COVID.

He struck a stunning 166 not out only off 110 deliveries in the 3rd ODI versus Sri Lanka. This was also his 3rd century in last 4 ODI innings.

Sabbatical helps

Since 2019, Kohli struggled in the white ball cricket specifically as he spent 3 years without scoring a hundred. In September 2022, at the Asia Cup, he eventually broke the curse by scoring 122 off 61 balls versus Afghanistan. Since then, he hasn’t peered.

However, it was his six against Haris Rauf in the recent T20I World Cup in Australia, which seemed to have brought back the vintage Kohli. It was a good ball, in fact nothing was wrong with the delivery. But, Kohli elegantly lifted it over bowler’s head for a six. This shot is etched in the minds of cricket lovers as it showcased the masterclass of a modern-day great.

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Even the best players will occasionally have instances when their curve is a little down. These players have performed admirably for the nation for about ten to fifteen years. Therefore they are aware of how to bounce back if their form wanes, according to former national selector M S K Prasad, who chats to Harish Kotian. Prasad thinks Kohli’s month-long helped him regain his form.

“Basically, above all else, he required a mental break. He experienced some difficulty. But he continued to play, and as a result, a lot of things have accumulated “Prasad makes a point. “I believed he needed to take a vacation for a very long time, perhaps shortly afterward the T20 World Cup in 2021. Since he had a vacation prior to the Asia Cup in 2022. We have seen the classic Virat Kohli again, who scored a lot of runs comparable to his class act of 2016 “Prasad adds.

Kohli playing a cover drive

“Kohli is at his finest and most prepared right now. I have no doubt that the challenging experiences he has had over the past few years would only turn him into a better athlete and a greater person overall. I think the sabbatical actually accelerated his career by 4-5 years. He is the kind of individual who demands challenges, and he embraced and overcame that one. We have the old Virat Kohli back after he took a great sabbatical and had a good understanding of himself.”

Sachin Tendulkar 49
Virat Kohli 46
Ricky Ponting 30
Rohit Sharma 29
Sanath Jayasuriya 28
Hashim Amla 27

Furthermore, after Virat Kohli made 166 unbeaten runs against Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International on Sunday. Veteran India captain, as well as BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, expressed his happiness to see Kohli’s smile return. This was Kohli’s 74th career international cricket century and 46th in ODIs.

Four away from the world record

Only four hundred separates the former captain from Sachin Tendulkar’s milestone of 50 ODI hits. In an interview with Mid-Day, Ganguly was reported as stating, “I am extremely delighted with the approach he (Virat) constructed his century.”

At this time, Virat seems to be in his finest form and in the right state of mind. The challenging times Kohli has been through have only strengthened his character and improved his game. And the timing could not have been better, given the World Cup is just around the corner.

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