Former New Zealand cricketer, Simon Doull has said that Virat Kohli knows that he needs a century to silence the critics who are pointing out his century drought across formats. The Indian captain scored his last international hundred in a Test against Bangladesh in November 2019.
India have been playing against New Zealand in the second Test of the two-match series in Mumbai. Captain Virat Kohli, who didn’t play in the three-match T20Is and first Test in Kanpur, returned for the series decider but fell for a duck in the first innings after a debatable leg-before call.
That was bat first in my opinion. And I understand the 'conclusive evidence' part. But I think this was an instance where common sense should have prevailed. But as they say common sense is not so common. Feel for Virat Kohli. #Unlucky #INDvNZ
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 3, 2021
Meanwhile, former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has stated that Kohli will need a hundred to give an answer to the critics.
“They know how big this is, how big that wicket is. Virat knows how many innings it has been (since his last international century). He says he doesn’t know how many it has been, but he is not being honest either. He knows exactly when he had scored his last hundred and he knows that he needs another hundred to silence some of the critics. So he is feeling the pressure as much as anyone,” he said while speaking to Star Sports after the toss on Friday.
“And rightly, he should. He sets such high standard. That’s the problem. When you set such high standards, so far above the rest, how do you stick to it? At times you will have a lull and this is one of those lulls. He is too good a player, but lets hope that (century) happens in the next Test match and not this,” Simon Doull concluded.
Virat Kohli has 7,765 runs from 97 Test matches which came at an impressive average of 51.09. However, his lack of consistency has become a matter of concern. Since his last century, it’s been 56 innings and 740 days, he hasn’t scored a ton as well.