Mohammad Amir, who has had a fierce rivalry with Virat Kohli, slammed his critics and asserted that it is impossible to question Virat Kohli’s dedication to his craft.
To break his century drought in the longest format of the game, Virat Kohli delivered a satisfying century against Australia in the fourth Test. The 100 also signifies the end of Kohli’s laborious long-spanking lean patch.
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Kohli’s 28th Test century came after 42 innings and 1205 days of cricket. Between his previous century against Bangladesh in 2019 and his latest 186-run knock in Ahmedabad, the veteran faced a difficult stretch as he relinquished leadership duties to Rohit Sharma. Critics lambasted Kohli for his poor performance, as they protested the withdrawal of the batter from the Indian team.
Kohli, on the other hand, fought the situation bravely and confidently. He took the monkey off his back in the Asia Cup by scoring a T20I century against Afghanistan, followed by ODI centuries against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. His wait for a Test century was a little longer, but his 44-run knock on the difficult Delhi pitch was a strong indication that a Test century is not far away.
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“Who are these people who are criticizing Virat Kohli?” – Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir, a long-time rival of Virat Kohli, criticized Kohli’s critics, saying that one can never underestimate Virat Kohli’s hard work and that the batsman has rebounded back every time people have gone hard on them.
“Who are these people who are criticizing Kohli? I really don’t understand. At the end of the day he is human. It’s not like he has a remote and you press the button every day and you get a hundred and Kohli will win the match for India. Every player goes through ups and downs” Mohammad Amir said to Hindustan Times.
“I know because there are certain days when I feel I am bowling well but I don’t pick any wickets. And then many times it is like I bowl bizarrely, probably a full toss or down-the-leg delivery, and I get a wicket. You need luck as well. And you can never doubt Kohli for his hard work. He loves challenges. Every time he has been criticized, he has bounced back to prove them wrong,” Mohammad Amir added.
Kohli now has 28 hundred in the lengthier format of the game, for a total of 75 in international cricket. Numerous players, with the exception of Virat Kohli, have broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 centuries in international cricket. Kohli has maintained his fine form since his recovery, recording an international century in the Asia Cup 2022, which was also his first T20I ton.
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