Less than 24 hours are left at the start of the historic Virat Kohli's 100th Test match against Sri Lanka in Mohali. A lot of former and current Indian cricketers have had their say before the start of the big game. Kohli's journey in the longest format has been an intriguing one. The right-hander started off with just 76 runs in three games against the West Indies in June 2011 in his debut series. After not being considered for the Test series in England and the West Indies at home, he made his comeback in the Australia tour at the end of the year.
The Delhi-born player had it rough in the first two Tests but hit a half-century and a century in the next two games. Since then, he became a pillar of the Test batting line-up. The 33-year-old went on to hit hundreds in South Africa and New Zealand. However, in the 2014 tour of England, he had a horrendous time with the bat against the hosts with only 134 runs. A few months later, he turned it around with more than 700 runs against Australia.
After that, he became the full-time captain of the team and led the team in South Africa, which concluded in January this year. Later the Test series, the 99 Test veteran decided to step down from the job. Meanwhile, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that the upcoming game is a great moment for the former skipper.
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"It's a huge landmark in any cricketer's career. Playing 100 Test matches is something you dream of when you start playing for the country. It's a great moment for Virat and it's a great moment for Indian cricket.
"I've personally been in that situation of 100th Test match and I realize how momentous and how humongous is the occasion for any cricketer. Virat's had a great journey. Starting 10-11 years ago and getting to where he has reached today is an exceptional achievement," said Ganguly.