Dubai, September 8
Virat Kohli has de-constructed his mental make-up during the past three years and perhaps that serene smile coupled with a kiss to his wedding ring after his much awaited 71st international hundred, said it all.
1,020 days was a really long wait. He waited and along with him, India waited.
And once that moment arrived, there was a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction associated with an achievement by a content man. Someone who is very assured of his craft and in a happy place.
There was no clenching of teeth, no signs of “fake aggression” (he himself admitted it a few days back) and no cuss words.
“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,” a smiling Kohli said during the innings break of India’s last Asia Cup match against Afghanistan.
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.
He had taken a month-long break before Asia Cup to focus on his mental health and found that he didn’t make any technical changes but perhaps could never really comprehend the cobwebs in his mind.