'Kehndi hundi si 100 banade' - Desperate fan's poster for Virat Kohli in 100th Test grabs spotlight
Virat Kohli became only the 12th Indian cricketer to go past the landmark of playing 100 Tests.
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Virat Kohli got into the record books by playing his 100th Test for India and has become only the 12th Indian cricketer to achieve the feat in the longest format. The 33-year-old was honoured for the great landmark ahead of the start of the game by his head coach Rahul Dravid, who himself has played 164 Tests for India. When Mayank Agarwal was dismissed in the 19th over, the stadium went crazy after Kohli was seen walking into the crease.
Kohli has been on a slightly lean patch, with not having scored an international century since November 2019 and his Test numbers have been down in the last few years despite his overall average being over 50 in all the formats. The right-hander is playing under the leadership of Rohit Sharma for the first time in Tests and many were waiting to see how the former goes about his business on his 100th Test.
During Kohli’s stay at the crease, a fan in the crowd was spotted holding a wooden card that said, ‘Kehndi Hundi Si 100 Banade’ which means ‘ she used to say score a hundred’. The first part of the message was taken from a famous Punjabi song and it went viral on social media. It showed how desperate the fans have been waiting for Kohli’s century in international cricket and it will be a relief if he makes it count on a special occasion.
obsessed with this 😭 pic.twitter.com/P1MsBlf2Jv
— ayushi (@awkdipti) March 4, 2022
Virat Kohli misses a half century by five runs
Kohli started off shakily against Lasith Embuldeniya who was going through a brilliant spell but once he got off the mark, he started playing his trademark shots, including the straight drive. He looked more settled as his innings progressed and neared his half-century in no time with a crucial partnership alongside Hanuma Vihari. However, after a 76-ball 45, Kohli was again undone by a beauty of a delivery by Embuldeniya that spun and went through the gates of the former.