What surprised me was my 60s became failures: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Virat Kohli has set lofty standards for himself but after finally scoring his first hundred in 1020 days, the star India batter expressed surprise that the 60s he scored over the last couple of years were seen as his failures.
Kohli on Thursday smashed 122 not out off 61 balls to get his maiden T20 hundred and help India register a huge 101-run win over Afghanistan in the inconsequential Asia Cup match here.
“Today was the build of the last few games, I batted out of my skin to be honest and I surprised myself. What surprised me was my 60s became failures; quite shocking for me, batting pretty well and contributing but doesn’t seem to be enough,” said Kohli after the win.
The former India skipper recently took a month off from the game and that helped him immensely. He knew that were was nothing wrong in his game technically.
“I have had many suggestions, lot of advice has come my way; people were telling me I was doing this wrong, that wrong, I picked out all the videos from the best time I had; same initial movement, same approach towards the ball and it was just what was happening inside my head I wasn’t able to explain it to anyone.
“At the end of the day you know as an individual where you stand, people will have their opinions but they cannot feel what you are feeling.”
Kohli reached the elusive three-figure mark after almost three years, albeit in a format “he least expected to”.
His 71st hundred also puts him alongside the great Ricky Ponting in the list of most centuries. Sachin Tendulkar is still way ahead with 100 international tons.
“Last two and a half years have taught me a lot. I am going to turn 34 in a month. So those angry celebrations are a thing of the past,” said Kohli at the innings break.
“Actually I was shocked. This is the last format I thought. It was an accumulation of a lot of things. The team has been open and helpful.”
Kohli credited his actress wife Anushka Sharma for standing behind him like a rock during his turbulent times.
“I know there was a lot of stuff going outside. And I kissed my ring. You see me standing here because one person has put things in perspective for me. That’s Anushka. This hundred is for her and for our little daughter Vamika as well.
“When you have someone next to you having conversations putting things in perspective, like Anushka has been… when I came back I was not desperate. Six weeks off I was refreshed. I realised how tired I was.
“Competitiveness doesn’t allow it, but this break allowed me enjoy the game again,” he said referring to his one month break.
By his own admission, it was for the first time in 10 years that Kohli had not held his bat for a month.
“Time away from the game gave me a good chance to sit back and observe a lot of things about me. I mentioned one special person – Anushka – who stood by me through these tough times and I mentioned her as she has seen the absolute raw side of me throughout all these months,” he said.

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