Inching closer to Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 centuries, Virat Kohli feels records and numbers are not the driving force, instead he is more focussed on playing impactful innings.
34-year-old brought the best of himself in the 500th international match as he scripted couple of records in his illustrious innings of 121 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Widely regarded as modern-day legend, Virat Kohli smashed 76 International Century on Friday, July 21 and became the only batter in the history of sports to score a century in his 500th international match.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli spoke at length on aspects of shattering records in every innings he plays, on scoring an away hundred after five years, importance of fitness and more. Let’s check what Virat Kohli said on different issues.
Virat Kohli on Incredible consistency across formats:
I always looked at pressure as an opportunity to stand up for my team. I switch on myself in the contest and it gets the best out of me.
Virat Kohli on scoring an away hundred after five years:
These are the things for others to talk. I have got 15 hundreds away from home, that’s not a bad record. I have got more hundreds away than at home.
The key is to do well to the best of my ability. We haven’t played 30 matches away from home and I have got a few fifty-plus scores.
Virat Kohli on importance of milestones:
I want to contribute as much as possible. If I get 50 the feeling, is I missed out on a 100, if I get 120 the feeling is I missed out on a double hundred.
These stats and milestones mean nothing in 15 years’ time, what they will remember is if I left an impact or not.
Virat Kohli on converting singles into doubles:
For me converting 1 into 2 is easy runs and I am never going to leave that opportunity. I am not someone who will wait for a period where I score a bunch of boundaries off 10 balls.
Virat Kohli on fitness:
My fitness helps me switch between formats easily. I feel I can bat 300 balls, bat at a good strike rate and keep my intensity high. I am committed to play the game at my best fitness abilities.
Virat Kohli on favourite venues:
Antigua and Port of Spain are my two favourite venues in the Caribbean. Adelaide in Australia and The Bullring in South Africa are my favourite as well.
Virat Kohli on 500th International game:
I am grateful to play 500 games for India. I never imagined. It’s all hard work. It’s the commitment you give to the sport you are playing which gives you the result.