Pakistan veteran praying for Virat Kohli’s 71st century

 Pakistan veteran praying for Virat Kohli’s 71st century

Virat Kohli Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Pakistan cricketer  Saeed Anwar is desperately waiting for Virat Kohli to end his century drought. Kohli hasn’t been able to hit a century in more than a couple of years. In ODIs, he hit his last century against the West Indies in August 2019. A few months later, he hit his last Test century against Bangladesh. He has 70 international hundreds to his name and has come close to hitting his 71st on a few occasions but didn’t succeed.

At the time when he completed his 70th, the right-hander was captain of the Indian team in all formats. He has now stepped down from the T20I and Test format as skipper and was removed in the ODI format. Last year, the 33-year-old announced that he won’t captain the T20I team after the 20-20 World Cup. The 260 ODI-veteran was removed from the captaincy in the 50-over format, which drew criticisms for the BCCI.

Last month, after the Test series against South Africa, the 99-Test veteran left the leadership role as well. This month, he had one of the worst time with the bat in the ODI series against the West Indies. The 2011 50-over World Cup winner could only muster 26 runs in the series. He ended the white-ball series with a half-century in the second T20I.

He was given a break from bio-bubble ahead of the third T20I and has been rested for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting from February 24. The Delhi-born player will return for the two-match Test against the same opposition next month. Meanwhile, Anwar took to social media and said he is keenly waiting for Virat Kohli’s 71st hundred.

‘When a hundred comes out of your bat after a long time, it has a different taste. Come on @imVkohli can’t wait anymore, just waiting. #ViratKohli GOAT,’ retired Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar tweeted.

 

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