“The stats and milestones are important to me…”: Virat Kohli’s Reaction On 29th Test Century

In an enthralling display of skill and determination, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli roared back to form with a century during the second test against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval. His exceptional innings guided India to 438 runs before being bowled out before tea. The West Indies’ response showed improved resilience but faced challenges from the disciplined Indian bowlers.

After three years, Virat Kohli finally notched his first overseas century since 2018. Resuming his innings at 87, the Indian skipper displayed incredible focus and composure. He brought up his 29th test century and 76th across all formats by steering Shannon Gabriel past point for a boundary. Kohli’s 121 runs came off 206 deliveries, and he celebrated the milestone by bowing and kissing his wedding ring, showing gratitude for personal and professional achievements.

Kohli’s partnership with Ravindra Jadeja was crucial to India’s batting performance. Their 159-run stand was only broken when Kohli attempted a single off a sharp shot, resulting in a run-out. Despite this, Kohli was pleased with his effort and emphasized the importance of such milestones if they benefit the team’s cause.

“The stats and milestones are important to me if they help my team. I am satisfied with my effort, as it was difficult to bat. I had to work hard to get my runs. Look, I change my game according to the situation. I have a couple of hundreds, fifties outside India and that’s how I look at my numbers,” said Virat Kohli.

Ravindra Jadeja also significantly impacted the match, scoring a gritty half-century off 105 balls. His partnership with Kohli was vital in helping India reach a formidable total. However, Jadeja’s innings was cut short after being caught behind on 61 off Kemar Roach following a review.

The Indian batting line-up was well on course to build a substantial lead, thanks to Kohli’s century and Jadeja’s supporting role. However, the West Indies bowlers staged a fightback during the post-lunch session. India added only 65 runs in 20 mid-session overs, losing their last four wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin was the standout performer in the lower order, smacking three boundaries to reach an impressive half-century (56 runs) before being dismissed.

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In response to India’s formidable total, the West Indies batsmen displayed improved application in their approach. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul formed a steady partnership of 71 runs. While their scoring rate was slow, the duo focused on building a solid foundation on a good pitch with a sticky outfield. Brathwaite ended the day unbeaten on 37, and newcomer Kirk McKenzie was alongside him at the crease with 14 runs.

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