Virat Kohli is playing his 100th Test match as India host Sri Lanka in the first of the two Tests at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. After batting for a record 129.2 overs, India declared their innings at 574/8 at the stroke of tea. Ravindra Jadeja belted quick runs on day 2, remaining unbeaten on 175 runs, his highest score in Test cricket.
On the occasion of the milestone Test, Kohli was given a guard of honour by the Indian cricketers while coming out to the field after tea on day 2. Incidentally, Virat Kohli had already walked into the field and captain Rohit Sharma had to call him back before the cricketers acknowledged his outstanding contributions to the red-ball format of the game.
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Rohit Sharma asking Virat Kohli to come again as we can have a guard of Honor for his 100th Test – this is amazing. pic.twitter.com/Mv20rNxthl
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Virat Kohli was ecstatic by the gesture meted out by the teammates and also thanked Rohit Sharma for the wonderful gesture.
I had butterflies in my stomach: Virat Kohli
Meanwhile, ahead of the start of the Test match, Kohli was facilitated by head coach Rahul Dravid with a special cap. The 33-year-old talismanic run-scorer admitted that it was only when he reached the ground, he understood the magnitude of the situation.
“I told Rahul bhai, he asked me the morning, ‘How are you feeling?’, and I said I feel like I am making my debut all over again, to be honest. I had butterflies in my stomach,” Kohli said at the end of day 1’s play.
“I didn’t realize the magnitude of the occasion till things got closer to today and how the presentation happened, the ceremony happened and there were people in the stadium today as well. It was a moment which was very, very special and I did feel very nervous walking out before,” he added.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli became only the 12th Indian cricketer to achieve the feat. He will hope to make this milestone Test memorable with a century if an opportunity comes his way in the 2nd innings.