India’s tour of the West Indies is set to begin on July 12, 2023, with both teams playing a two-match Test series initially. They will then play a three-match ODI series followed by a five-match T20I series. However, Virat Kohli will play in both the Test and ODI series but has been rested out of the T20I series.
A video of Virat Kohli signing autographs for young promising West Indian cricketers has gone viral ahead of the series. The former India captain made a wonderful gesture to the local players in Dominica, presumably net bowlers after India’s training session on Sunday, obliging for selfies and autographs. Kohli was seen addressing the local youths and posing for pictures with them, autographing their jerseys, hats, and the leather ball in a video published by the Indian Cricket Board on their social media handles. “My favorite batsman of all time, Mr. Kohli, I also got a signature from him and I am just grateful,” one of the players stated.
Here’s the video
Virat Kohli giving autographs to young talents.
The crowd favourite – King Kohli! pic.twitter.com/JgTM25Pu02
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 10, 2023
Kohli’s form in West Indies
Kohli went through a difficult period in which he went 1051 days without scoring a century. In 2022, he broke his drought by hitting 122 runs off 61 balls against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. In December 2022, Kohli hammered another century against Bangladesh, surpassing Australian icon Ricky Ponting’s record of 71 international hundreds. Since then, he’s been on fire, scoring three hundreds in the first half of 2023. Kohli has scored 2261 runs in 42 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against the West Indies. He has nine centuries and 11 fifties to his name. Kohli has a staggering 66.5 average against the Windies.
In a recent interview show, Kohli shared his favourite memory of playing in the West Indies. The former Indian captain said, “My best and favourite memory from West Indies is scoring a double hundred in Test cricket in front of Sir Viv Richards and that was very special to me. He congratulated me and it can’t get any better than that.”
Kohli also struggled in the World Test Championship(WTC) final, getting 14 and 49 runs in two innings against Australia. India went on to lose the final by 209 runs, marking their second consecutive defeat in the competition.