Former India opener Wasim Jaffer’s reaction was priceless after Virat Kohli brought up his 75th international hundred against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the weekend.
Be it his vast legion of supporters or former cricketers, almost everyone cheered for the Indian run-machine’s milestone. But Wasim Jaffer’s unique take on Virat Kohli’s century caught everyone’s attention.
Posting a meme to describe Virat Kohli’s gargantuan feat, Wasim Jaffer shared a video of a toolbox carrying all the tools, including the hammer and a screwdriver. In the caption, he wrote, “This is Virat Kohli the batter. Has the power and the tools, and knows when to use what. Well played.”
Wasim Jaffer’s description of the former India skipper’s sensational knock against the Australians left the fans in awe as it went viral on the highly influential messaging app. Since being posted, it has received over 30K likes and nearly 800K views.
This is Virat Kohli the batter. Has the power and the tools, and knows when to use what. Well played @imVkohli 👏🏽 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/TSmEV2G2jD
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 12, 2023
On Monday, Virat Kohli became the first player to claim at least 10+ MOM awards in all three forms of cricket. It is worth noting that Virat Kohli has won 10 MOM awards in Test cricket, 38 in ODIs, and 15 in T20Is.
The previous day, he broke a series of records en route to his 28th Test century against Australia on Day 4 of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.
Among the multiple feats Virat Kohli achieved in Ahmedabad was becoming the quickest to complete 11,000 international runs at home.
Virat Kohli also matched former India captain Sunil Gavaskar’s landmark the legendary batsman achieved four decades ago.
Virat Kohli was playing in his 50th Test on home soil, and he celebrated the occasion with a hundred. In 1983, Sunil Gavaskar made a century when he featured in his 50th Test match in Indian conditions against West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
The ton against Australia in Ahmedabad was his 8th hundred in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, joint-second most by any batter from the two countries. While Sachin Tendulkar has nine centuries, Ricky Ponting and Steve Smith have scored eight centuries each.
It was Virat Kohli’s first Test hundred since November 2019, thus ending a 1,204 days wait for a century in the five-day format of the sport.
Moreover, it was his first century in red-ball cricket after 41 innings – his longest drought in Test matches. During this phase, Virat Kohli went without a ton in 23 games.
It was also his second Test hundred against Australia at home, following his 107 in Chennai in 2013.
Throughout his knock, Virat Kohli looked in complete command – at the start of his innings, the 34-year-old was solid in defense and milked the Australian bowlers for ones and twos.
Virat Kohli, the aggressive shotmaker, turned into a grinder as the Delhi-born cricketer struck only five boundaries during his first hundred runs at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
After bringing up his 75th century in Gujarat during the weekend, he raised the level of his game and was looking good for a double-hundred. But Kohli lost his wicket while attempting an attacking shot off Todd Murphy.
Virat Kohli was the last Indian batter to get out for a score of 186, with the hosts putting 571/9 on the board. Shreyas Iyer didn’t bat in India’s first innings due to back spasms and underwent scans in the hospital.
After the match, Virat Kohli said he needed to justify his presence in the playing XI because he did not want to become a liability or a burden for the team.
“I am not in a space now where I will go out and prove someone wrong. I also need to justify why I am there on the field. When I was 60 not out, we decided to play positively. But we lost Shreyas (Iyer) thanks to injury. So, we decided to play time. They were good with the ball and placed some good fields. We got a bit of a lead and gave ourselves some sort of a chance,” Virat Kohli told the host broadcaster in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“To be honest, the expectations I have from myself as a player is more to important to me. I felt I was batting well from the first innings at Nagpur. We focussed on batting for long. I did that to an extent but not to the capability that I have done in the past…. I was a little disappointed for that. Relief from the point of view that I could play the way I wanted to play,” Virat Kohli opined.
Virat Kohli’s splendid knock earned him rave reviews from many cricket pundits, including Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik, and Harbhajan Singh.
“Kohli’s body language is like he is batting in the nets. He is hitting the ball where he wants. He only hit five boundaries while getting to his hundred, scoring all the other runs through singles and doubles,” Parthiv Patel said on Cricbuzz.
“He knows that Nathan Lyon is attacking the off-stump line and he is not playing any strokes on that line, and playing the left-armer with the spin. If anyone wants to see how to play spin then Kohli’s innings is the perfect template,” Parthiv Patel added.
“He has been playing out such innings since a very long time. This isn’t the first time that we’re seeing Kohli play the way he is. A player becomes great when they have performed at the highest level for a long period of time. We know the range of shots that Kohli has and how he can absorb the pressure and play even if it is for a draw,” the former India wicketkeeper stated.
“I’m not surprised at all by how Kohli has batted in this series. Today he has made runs but he has looked in control throughout the series against Australia,” Parthiv Patel elaborated.
Dinesh Karthik was equally effusive in his praise of Virat Kohli as he lauded his temperament and how he paced his knock.
“His 8th hundred against Australia. He has got it against the best and he has been consistent at that. You go through ebbs and flows when you score a hundred. This one has come slowly to him. It tested his patience, but he definitely battled all the demons, not on the pitch, but in the mind,” Dinesh Karthik said on air.
“What’s been amazing about this knock today is he has batted close to 2 and half hours and not got one boundary yet. He has weathered the storm and done it in his way. And it’s been beautiful to watch. It’s been a long-time coming,” Dinesh Karthik concluded.