Former Indian captain, Virat Kohli has reached his 64th half-century in the ODI format on Sunday, followed by a sweet gesture for his daughter, Tamika. Unscathed by a zero in the second game, Kohli had taken 63 deliveries to succeed the fifty-run mark at Newlands, Capetown.
He last made an ODI century in West Indies on August 14, 2019, and he seemed to cease the long-awaited century drought before he falls prey to a quick delivery from South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj. In an attempt to focus upon the on-side off back foot, Kohli popped it in the air to South Africa’s skipper, Temba Bavuma for a simple catch.
It’s very unreal to see Kohli go over two years without a single three-digit score but India’s fast bowler, Mohammed Shami stood for the 33-year-old and said that century isn’t an ideal measure of player’s calibre.
“So what if Kohli has not scored a century. A century doesn’t define how big a player he is. It is not that he has not scored runs. He has scored the fifties consistently in the recent past and there is no reason why we should even think like that. A fifty or sixty is also a score and as long as it is helping the team, there is no reason to complain”, said Mohammed Shami to India.com.
The 31-year-old further said that Kohli’s energy is the best thing that rubs on to the rest of the team. Kohli is a bowler’s captain and had always given them the freedom to express themselves. He always takes his team players opinions and asks for options.
Shami did not play in the South Africa ODI series where India lost by 0-3. He is also not a part of the upcoming home series against West Indies as the team management has rested him and Jasprit Bumrah.