Renowned cricket analyst Aakash Chopra has expressed his expectations for Virat Kohli to break his nearly five-year-long overseas century drought in the upcoming Test series against the West Indies. As India’s cricket team prepares to face the Windies in a two-match series, the focus is on Kohli, who last scored an overseas Test hundred in Perth against Australia in December 2018. In a recent video on his YouTube channel, Chopra analyzed the prospects of India’s experienced batters, with Kohli being the centre of attention.
Aakash Chopra highlighted that Virat Kohli had not achieved an overseas Test century in the past five years, emphasizing that this wait might end in the upcoming series against the West Indies. Kohli’s remarkable batting prowess and hunger for runs make him a strong candidate to break the century drought and add to his illustrious overseas record.
Aakash said, “It is a very interesting thing that Virat Kohli has not scored an overseas Test century for five years – the last time it came was in 2018, after that an overseas Test century hasn’t come. So that wait might end in this series.”
While acknowledging Kohli’s exceptional Test batting record against most teams, Chopra pointed out that the West Indies and England are two places where Kohli’s numbers are relatively lower based on his high standards. However, he also emphasized that Kohli’s numbers in the West Indies, although not up to his usual standards, still exceed those of many other players. With a Test average of 35.61 in the Caribbean, Kohli aims to enhance his performance and significantly contribute to his team.
“If you see otherwise, his numbers are good against all teams, but the West Indies and England are the two teams and places where his numbers are slightly lower based on his standards, they are very good based on other people’s standards. So the focus will be on Virat Kohli,” Chopra further added.
Virat Kohli’s Test record in the West Indies showcases mixed performances. Despite scoring his maiden Test double century in the Caribbean, he has faced challenges, resulting in fewer centuries. In his 13 Test innings in the West Indies, Kohli has accumulated 463 runs at an average of 35.61. While he has reached the 50-run mark on two occasions, he looks to convert those starts into substantial innings in the upcoming series.