Virat Kohli batted superbly and put together an outstanding performance of 113 runs in the opening game of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. In ODI cricket, this was his 45th century. India scored a massive 373 runs thanks to his century, winning the match by a margin of 67 runs. Virat Kohli was interviewed by Suryakumar Yadav following this game. During this, Kohli shared his experience of overcoming adversity and provided advice on how to do the same.
Before the conversation even began, Suryakumar Yadav wished Virat a good new year. Surya stated that Kohli had an interview during the Asia Cup and that he now gets the opportunity to question Virat. He expressed gratitude to everyone for the chance. Virat scored a century in the final game of 2022 and hit a century in his first game of 2023, according to Suryakumar. Virat then wished Suryakumar Yadav a very happy new year and expressed his admiration for all that he had accomplished this year.
Virat stated: “Even though we have been engaged for a very long time, what you have accomplished in the past year is noteworthy. This has never happened to me before. You are developing a unique template. The crowd watches your bat. Inside, the excitement is different.” In addition to being pleased with his century, Kohli also expressed delight that these events are taking place. In the previous two years, such a year has not yet begun. This time, he produced a century in the opening game of the year. He was content to bat for virtually the entire innings and contribute the extra 25–30 runs that he believed were necessary given the dampness. He scored a hundred runs with his bat in the start of the year, which also happens to be World Cup year. In this situation, he hopes to win for his country by performing the same in the Test series against Australia and the World Cup. He enjoys batting in this manner. He is accustomed to batting-like ways when he is pleased with his performance. When you play cricket for a long period, your mental condition goes through ups and downs, but maintaining your mind sharp is beneficial to him.
Suryakumar questioned Virat Kohli regarding his most recent two years and what he did to ensure that in 2023, he would score a century in the opening game. “When you play matches consistently, they expect you in a different way,” responded Kohli in response. You will feel it more as you play more. As of right now, Surya will carry out the action. It requires commitment. It is a lot of fun as long as you have good timing and runs are scored, but when runs are not scored, a poor phase appears, and in my case, I start to become frustrated. What do people hope to achieve? I wish to play in this manner. I wish to perform this way. Cricket was not letting me play the way I needed to play, so I had to. I was a long way from my true game as a result. My expectations were outpacing my abilities. I came to the realization that I had to love myself. I must also face the fact that I am the team’s worst player. I was really irritable as a result of this rejection, which was not good. The folks who were close to me did not fare well. It was unfair to Anushka and the other individuals who have consistently stood with me. After that, I began to enjoy practicing when I came back after my break for the Asia Cup. This is how I have always played cricket. My suggestion is to take two steps back if you find yourself becoming desperate for something because as you become desperate, things move farther away from you.
Suryakumar Yadav then instructed everyone to constantly bear this in mind. Even when anything goes wrong, keep working hard. Continue playing and have fun. After that, he hoped Virat would consistently hit hundreds of runs so he could interview Kohli.
Virat responded by joking that it shouldn’t happen because Suryakumar is walking away from the bowlers as they desperately try to get him out. The bowlers worry that if it doesn’t get out, it won’t change when it hits again. Speaking with them is a delight every time. We got off to a good start, and maybe we can keep it up.