Virat Kohli is all set to return to the field in what will be his 100th Test appearance. The former Indian captain has been at a standstill to get a century to his name for over two years now. Legendary cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar has now backed him to achieve this milestone in his 100th match.
Virat will join the elite list that includes 12 other Indians – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar are some of the veterans of the game in this list. India will take on Sri Lanka in Mohali from March 4 in the first Test.
Speaking to Star Sports, Gavaskar shared his experience of playing the 100th Test. He called it a “special feeling” to achieve this feat. He also backed Virat to get to his 71st international century in this game as he called him a fabulous Test player.
“Well, I can only say that it is going to be a sense of achievement. When you start playing cricket as a school kid, you want to play for India and hoping that you play for India for a certain while and suddenly you know, success comes to you and then you go on from year to year and then the 100th Test comes to you. It’s a very special feeling. And look at what he has achieved in all format of the game, not just Test cricket, where he has been fabulous,” he said.
Century in 100th match
A total of nine players have ever scored a century in their 100th game. Ricky Ponting is the only player who got twin centuries in his 100th match. Gavaskar said that he wished for Kohli to score a century in his 100th match.
“And I hope he celebrates his 100th Test with a 100. Not many batsmen have done that. I know Colin Cowdrey, who was probably the first to play 100 Test matches, scored a hundred in his 100th Test. I know Javed Miandad has done it. Alex Stewart has down it,” he said.