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Virat Kohli always shows how he feels. On December 10, after 25 innings, he finally got a hundred in an ODI, but something was still missing. Kohli celebrated in a quiet way. Maybe because it was Ishan Kishan’s day, and his double century stole the show. A month later, Kohli’s signature celebration was back. He pointed to the dressing room, jumped into the air, and said a few words. Yes, Kohli was in his element at Guwahati as he completed his own La Decima. This was the 10th time in Kohli’s ODI career that he had made two centuries in a row.
In the first game of the series, which took place in Guwahati, India beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs thanks to a century by Kohli. Kohli got 113 runs in 87 balls. His innings had 12 fours and one six. One of India’s best batsmen had a very strong innings, but Kohli was back as the “sheet anchor.” Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s 143-run opening wicket stand gave him a great chance to play himself, but he kept the momentum going and the Sri Lankan gave him a New Year’s present by dropping him twice. With his casual flick to mid-wicket against Dasun Shanaka, his ramp shot against Kasun Rajitha, and the ease with which he was finding gaps, India once again looked safe with him at the crease.
“I’ve learned that being desperate doesn’t get you anywhere. The game is still very easy. It’s when we add our own attachments, desires, and desires to who we become from other people’s point of view, not who we were when we picked up the bat or ball and started playing. “I think when you lose that perspective, you put yourself in a place where everything just keeps going down,” Kohli said at the presentation after the match.
Kohli had already said that he couldn’t show his intensity naturally, and he didn’t even know that he was acting. After the match, he brought up the issue again and said that letting go has helped him get his mojo back.
“And it’s only real detachment that helps, where you go out there and play without fear and for the right reasons, almost playing every game like it’s your last game and being happy about it instead of sad. He said, “These are the things I learned.”
“I can’t keep hold of things. The game will go on, it will keep going on, and many players have played it before. I won’t keep playing forever. So, what am I trying to keep, what am I trying to protect? So, these are all the things I came to realize. I am in a good place right now. I’m just having fun with my game, and I want to have fun with it as long as I play,” he said.
“I always do the same things to get ready, and I always have the same goals. Sometimes you don’t quite get the flow you want, but today I just felt like I was hitting the ball well from the start. So I kept going with my plan, and when wickets fell, I kind of had to hold one end and bat with other guys,” Kohli said.
Kohli said that his performance in Guwahati was close to his template when he talked about how he bats. He said, “It was very close to the pattern I use when I play.” Knowing the conditions in the second half, I also knew that we would need those 25–30 extra runs, and in the end, I was just happy that I was able to get them for the team to give us a comfortable total on the board.”
He also became wise and thanked his “luck,” which had been gone for almost three years.
“I’d take those over anything else. Look, luck plays a big par
You can just bow your head and thank God on nights like this when a little bit of luck goes your way. We usually get upset when things don’t go our way. But these nights are also very important to remember,” Kohli had said during a break between innings.
“I could have been out for 50 or so and got 100 because I was lucky. I’m pretty sure of that, so I’m just happy and grateful that I had a little bit of luck today. It was important to make the best of it.”
Bad form, self-doubt, criticism, and problems with his mental health made it seem like Virat Kohli was starting to fade away like any other sports star. But he has beaten his demons. In the T20 World Cup, Kohli beat Pakistan at the MCG with one of the best T20I knocks. T20 has never been his strong format, but 50-over has been his home for years, and he has been the undisputed king there.
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