Virat Kohli talks about Test century drought and preparation techniques

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli ended his long wait for a Test century by hitting his 28th ton in the fourth Test against Australia. The Indian captain had not scored a Test century in over three years, but since scoring his first T20I century during the Asia Cup last year, he has been in fine form.

He emerged as the leading run-scorer in the T20 World Cup and also smashed three ODI centuries including two against Sri Lanka in January this year. Kohli’s recent success is a major confidence boost for him and Team India ahead of the World Test Championship final against Australia in June.


Former Indian captain and current head coach Rahul Dravid had a candid chat with Virat Kohli after the conclusion of the fourth Test. Dravid teased Kohli by telling him that he had to wait for sixteen months to watch his Test century from the dressing room.

According to Kohli, he did not find it challenging to bat on the Ahmedabad pitch. However, the Australian team’s aggressive 7-2 field placement, with seven players inside the inner circle and only two outside, posed a challenge for him.

Kohli said:

I have let the complications grow on me a little bit because of my own shortcomings. The desperation to get that three-figure mark is something that can grow on you as a batsman and we have all experienced that at some stage or the other. I let that happen to me to a certain extent, but also the flip side to it is – I’m not a guy who’s happy with 40 and 45. I have always been someone who takes a lot of pride in performing for the team. It’s not like Virat Kohli should stand out. When I’m batting on 40, I know I can get a 150 here and that will help my team.

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