When Virat Kohli said – wait, the return will be such that everyone will remember! – virat kohli said everyone will remember his return india vs sri lanka kohli 100th test | – News in Hindi

This thing is from the year 2011. Team India won the World Cup after 28 years and a young player in that team raised Sachin Tendulkar on his shoulders and applauded for him in the whole field. Later, when this young player was asked about that moment, he said that Tendulkar has carried the burden of the expectations of the whole of India in his career and now the time has come for us to take his burden on our shoulders. This young player did not just say these things to take Tendulkar physically on the field that day. He believed that India’s young batsmen, including him, had the responsibility to carry forward Tendulkar’s phenomenal legacy.

Just after the World Cup there was IPL of 2 months and then the tour of West Indies. Tendulkar withdrew his name from a Test series for the first time, in the name of fatigue and Virat Kohli got his place.

Responsible for carrying forward Tendulkar’s phenomenal legacy

Kohli was a part of India in white ball cricket for the last 3 years but he was not getting opportunities in Test cricket. On the Caribbean tour, Kohli failed in front of such fast bowling that he was dropped from the team for the next tour of England. It was a very disappointing moment in Kohli’s career. I remember this moment personally especially because when Team India was returning from the West Indies tour, players like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid had to change flights at Gatwick Airport in England. At the same time, the rest of the players, including Kohli, had to leave for India from England. I had reached the airport that day for Dravid’s interview, but when Kohli was passing by, I tried to talk to him. Since, I knew Kohli personally for the last few years, as a reporter I tried to console him and said that you will be back in the team soon. Kohli did not say much and just said back- wait, this time the return will be such that everyone will remember!

Managed to turn your words into reality!

And indeed he managed to turn his words into reality. After that, when Kohli returned to Team India, he did not look back and now a select dozen Indian players playing the 100th Test are going to join the elite club. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli are the 4 names who will be part of any greatest Indian Test team of all time without any debate for at least 50 years. For Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid, proving their mettle in Test cricket was a formality, but players like Kohli, who emerged in the T20 era, who were known for partying, whose image was blunt. And was rude, hardly anyone would have expected such dominance for him in the most traditional and considered best format of cricket a decade ago.

Change the meaning of test in Indian cricket

Kohli not only proved his mettle in Test cricket as a batsman, but also changed the meaning of Test cricket in Indian cricket. The younger generation, who was accused that they might not care about Test cricket, Kohli forced the BCCI to play 15-15 Tests in a year. Not only this, while captaining with his aggressive approach, Kohli changed the character of the team. In 2014, the team which was number 7 in the ICC Test rankings not only made it to the top, but for the last 5 years, Team India has been occupied at number 1 continuously. Sometimes the ups and downs of a few weeks are ignored.

Kohli has to start afresh once again

However, Kohli, standing on the threshold of the 100th Test in his career, has to start afresh once again. This is his first Test series after relinquishing the captaincy. Kohli may not have played a record 200 matches like his idol Tendulkar, but he can certainly make his coach Rahul Dravid’s record of 163 Tests his target. But, it is not that easy either. Kohli has not scored a single century in the 27 innings he has played since November 2019. This is a strange figure. It is a matter of consolation that despite not scoring a century, Kohli has played more than one good innings during this period as well. Will Kohli be able to show the same hunger as a batsman again after being relieved of the responsibility of captaincy? This is a big question in itself, because if we look at Kohli’s career, then his best innings have come as a captain. In this respect too, Kohli is different from Tendulkar and Dravid, two great batsmen of modern India whose batting was shattered under the pressure of captaincy. But, the situation is completely different with Kohli. Kohli no longer has the captaincy factor to encourage himself. Can Kohli start a new innings as a batsman again? We can get to see the answer to this question in the Mohali Test, which is going to be a memorable moment in his career.
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Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar, former Sports Editor of News18 India, has been in sports journalism for nearly two decades. Vimal, who is active on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as @Vimalwa, has also covered 4 Cricket World Cup and Rio Olympics.

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