Virat Kohli set the mantle on fire in whites after three staggering years as he brought out the magical three figures against Australia in the series finale. Not only did he manage to smash a century but he was well on course for what could have been a blistering double only to run short of partners at the other end. The seraphic knock from Virat drew praises from all corners of the globe and Rahul Dravid, India’s head coach, was no exception to this long list of admirers that Kohli had attained after his reckoning display against Australia.
In a chat with Rahul Dravid on BCCI.tv, Kohli opened up about what the century meant to him and the former was happy to express the joys in his heart to witness Kohli score, particularly on the trail of what is going to be an exciting wait for the WTC finale between India and Australia that is slated to be played from 7th June in Oval.
Kohli said, “Honestly, I’ve let the complications grow on me a bit because of my shortcomings. The desperation to get to the three-figure mark is something that can grow on you as a batsman. I let that happen to me to a certain extent. But a flip side to it is, I’m not a guy who is happy with 40-45. I take a lot of pride in performing for the team. It’s not like when Virat Kohli should stand out. When I’m batting on 40, I know I can get a 150. That was eating me up a lot. Why am I not able to get that big score for the team? Because I took pride in the fact that when the team needed me, I stood up, scoring in difficult conditions. The fact that I wasn’t able to do that, was bothering me.” He further added, “It was never about the milestones. A lot of people ask me, ‘how do you keep scoring those hundreds’. And I always say a hundred is something that happens along the way within my goal, which is to bat as long as possible for my team. But yeah, if I’m brutally honest, it does become a little difficult as the moment you step out of the hotel room, right from the guy outside, to the guy in the lift, the bus driver everyone is saying ‘we want a hundred’. So, it does play on your mind all the time but that’s also the beauty of playing for so long to have these complications come up and overcome these challenges.”