Kohli, 34, smashed an unbeaten 166 to lead India to biggest-ever ODI win by 317 runs against Sri Lanka
NEW DELHI: India’s star batter Virat Kohli received praise from the cricketing global on Monday after his third one-day worldwide century in four matches silenced critics doubting his region within the crew.
Kohli, 34, smashed an unbeaten 166 to lead India to the biggest-ever ODI win with the aid of 317 runs towards Sri Lanka on Sunday, his 46th ODI ton and 74th in all codecs.
The former captain ended final year with an ODI century in opposition to Bangladesh and started 2023 with another 113 within the Sri Lanka opener to announce his return as a run system in style.
Kohli went via an prolonged lean patch ultimate 12 months, failing to attain three figures in over 1,000 days.
He stop as T20 skipper in overdue 2021 and in January 2022 was sacked from the ODI captaincy and gave up main the Test side too.
“King Kohli” ultimate week spoke again approximately his mental struggles throughout his dry segment, which include how he had been “snappy” round his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma.
“In my case, in denial, frustration changed into creeping in. I turned into very cranky, very snappy in my space,” Kohli instructed the Indian cricket board’s internet site bcci.Tv.
“It changed into now not fair on Anushka, my close ones, it’s no longer fair on the people who assist you. So I had to take responsibility and sort of positioned matters in angle.”
But he hit his first century after 1,020 days in the Asia Cup T20 event in September last 12 months and hasn’t regarded returned on account that.
Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle said, “the king is again to doing what he does nice, scoring loads”.
Kohli’s long-time IPL friend and former teammate at Royal Challengers Bangalore AB de Villiers tweeted: “Virat Kohli! Different level.”
“It’s amazing to see Virat Kohli lower back at his great in white-ball cricket, this unbeaten 166 became special even by his lofty requirements,” batting splendid VVS Laxman wrote on Twitter.
Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews called Kohli a “current excellent” and Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal stated, “he is the boss of this era”.
Senior Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, son of former India cricketer Dilip Sardesai, hailed Kohli as the greatest ever ODI player.
“Recall how only a few months ago there were those questioning @imVkohli future, esp (especially) in white ball cricket,” Sardesai wrote on Twitter.
But citing Kohli’s tournament-leading run tally at the T20 World Cup and two ODI centuries against Sri Lanka, Sardesai wrote: “the King is back”.