On 10 of December, Saturday, Virat Kohli ended his ODI century drought against Bangladesh in the third and final match of the ODI series
On 10 of December, Saturday, Virat Kohli ended his ODI century drought against Bangladesh in the third and final match of the ODI series. Kohli’s last ODI hundred came on the tour of the West Indies in 2019. Kohli got to his 44 ODI century against Bangladesh, scoring 114 off 99 balls and helping go past the 400 run mark. The former Indian skipper has hit 72 international hundreds in all formats and is inching close to Sachin Tendulkar’s record. With the kind of form and fitness he has shown in the recent past, it is inevitable that he will go past Tendulkar’s record.
Although India had already lost the three-match ODI series to Bangladesh, Kohli along with Ishan Kishan stitched a 290-run partnership for the second wicket at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Initially, Kohli played the role of the second fiddle as Kishan smashed the Bangladesh bowlers all around the park. Indian scored 409 and ended the series on a high with a 227-run victory. Rahul Dravid was unhappy with the result of the ODI series but praised Virat Kohli for his effort in a video recently released by the BCCI.
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“He (Virat) knows when to be aggressive and when to control the game, it’s incredible to watch and a good sign for us if he can build up, Virat has an incredible template in 50-over cricket. His record speaks for itself. It’s phenomenal the number of games he’s played. He feels he’s back and is training as hard as I have ever seen him. For me, that has been a stand out, watching him train this past year, that never changes irrespective of whether he is doing well or not and that is a great lesson for a lot of the young players in the group” said Dravid in a video released by the BCCI
Dravid feels that teams have become more aggressive and are pushing for results and playing aggressive cricket, keep in mind the test championship.
“Teams have already been more aggressive over the last bit; we have seen a lot more results. Teams are playing for results a lot more now, especially with the World Test Championship points at stake.” Dravid believes teams must be able to adapt to every situation to succeed in Test cricket. I still think adaptability is going to be very important in Test cricket, the ability to play aggressively when you need to… or you can play aggressively with the kind of squad you have or the position you find yourself in the game… and then the opportunity to play a difficult period or day of Test cricket either with the bat or ball and knuckle down and play some hard cricket. “The teams that have that adaptability or the ability to switch even in between a Test match are the ones that are going to be very successful” he added.
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