IND vs AUS: There was no monkey on Virat’s back opines skipper Rohit Sharma

India won the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 after the fourth Test ended in a draw.

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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy fully lived up to its billing, from India’s dominance in the first two Tests of the series to Australia’s resilience in the final two matches, the series had it all. One of the biggest highlights of the series was the much-awaited 75th international century from ace Indian batter Virat Kohli.

As Kohli struck his magnificent ton, many opined that the monkey was finally off the former Indian skipper’s back. Responding to similar comments during the post-match press conference after the culmination of the fourth Test, skipper Rohit Sharma turned all the talks down and mentioned that there was no monkey on Virat’s back.

Virat Kohli had last scored a Test century back in November 2019 against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in a pink-ball Test match. Hence, a Test century was long time coming and Virat finally ended the drought on Sunday, March 12. Virat scored 186 and struck 15 boundaries on the way. His knock helped India score 571 in their first innings.

Virat was able to score fifties all this while but a three-figure mark eluded him till March 12. He occupied the wicket for a long time and faced a total of 364 deliveries and also spent a total of 517 minutes.

India qualify for WTC final

India have qualified for the final of the ongoing World Test Championship 2021-23. The moment New Zealand beat Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday in a last-ball thriller, India became the second team to seal the final berth after Australia.

Australia were the first team to reach the WTC final after they won the Indore Test by nine wickets under the leadership of Steven Smith. Now, the both teams will engage in the ultimate battle for Test glory at The Oval starting June 7.

Rohit Sharma has mentioned that they will focus to get the Indian players off to UK early to get acclimatised to the conditions and be prepared for the summit clash in advance.

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