Rohit Sharma interviewed Virat Kohli after his stunning century against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.
Virat Kohli reached the elusive three-figure mark after almost three years, ending the long wait for his 71st International century.
Kohli credited Rohit Sharma and the team management for allowing him space when he was going through a tough phase
“Virat, bahot bahot badhaayi aapko, aapka 71st hundred. Poori India wait kar rahi thi, I am sure aap zyada wait kar rahe the. Aapne jo innings kheli usmein kaafi kuch dekhne ko mila, aapne gaps achhe dhoondhe, shots achhe lagaaye, toh apni innings ke baare mein bataaiye, kaisi shuruaat huyi, aur uske baad kaisi thi feeling (Many congratulations to you on your 71st ton. The entire country was waiting and I am sure even you were waiting. In today’s knock, we saw you were finding the gaps nicely, playing good strokes. Take us through your knock and also tell us how is the feeling,” Rohit said.
“Itni shuddh Hindi bola raha hai mere saath pehli baar (For the first time he is talking to me in pure Hindi),” Kohli looked at the camera and said.
Kohli credited the “space” Rohit and Rahul Dravid gave him upon his return
“I’d spoken to Rahul [Dravid] bhai three-four days back, where batting first, especially the middle overs phase, how I can improve my strike rate. My only goal was to work on whatever I need to improve, I will try it at the Asia Cup. I honestly didn’t expect it [to score a T20I century], was shocked, [and] as you also mentioned after that, no one expected a century from me in this format after a long time, was pleasantly surprised, grateful and honest.” Kohli added
Before the T20 World Cup Team India is scheduled to face South Africa and Australia
Virat Kohli says that the team would be absolutely ready for the T20 World Cup.
He added, “I see the next couple of months as a great phase where we face quality teams, go to Australia and have preparation time and I’ve no doubt that we will be ready come the first game of the World Cup,” he added
Virat Kohli’s 71st hundred also puts him alongside the great Ricky Ponting in the list of most centuries. Sachin Tendulkar is still way ahead with 100 international tons.