Former Indian captain Virat Kohli will play in his 100th test when India will face Sri Lanka in the upcoming first test at PCA Stadium in Mohali on March 4. Kohli will be the 12th Indian to reach this milestone in the longest format after famous cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
Kohli, who debuted in Test in 2011, played some of the most memorable knocks of his famous career, collecting almost 8,000 runs in 99 test matches with a remarkable average of 50.39.
The Delhi-born has 27 hundreds and 28 half-centuries in red ball format on his account. However, choosing only one innings of Kohli is a daunting task for everyone. But his teammate and current Indian captain Rohit Sharma chosea knock of Kohli, which he rates better than Kohli’s other strikes.
According to Rohit, the one knock from Kohli which will always remain special, was his century in 2013 against South Africa. Rohit thinks Kohli played a lot of incredible innings for Team India, but his batting against South Africa is remarkable.
“As a team, the favourite memory is the series which we won in Australia in 2018. It was a great series and Virat was the captain. As an individual, my best memory of him is his Test hundred against South Africa in 2013. The pitch we were batting on was very challenging; it had a lot of bounce and a lot of us were playing a Test in South Africa for the first time,” said Rohit said on the eve of Kohli’s 100th Test in Mohali, as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Rohit recalled the innings and said that on a challenging track, playing against the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Jacques Kallis, and then hitting the century, it was quite shocking.
“To then face Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Kallis… it was never going to be easy but the way Virat batted in that match, scoring hundred in the first innings and 90 odd in the second, was sensational. It was one of his best knocks. He made a hundred in Perth in 2018 too, but I think the one in South Africa beats that,” added Rohit.