Virat Kohli 100 celebration at Ahmedabad
Virat Kohli 100 celebration at Ahmedabad. Image Credits: Twitter

Virat Kohli scored his 28th Test ton at Ahmedabad–and broke the shackles of not scoring a ton in the longer format of the game since 2019. Kohli with his blistering knock in the fourth test match emerged as the highest run-getter from team India in the series.

The 34-year-old was awarded player of the match for his 186-run knock in the fourth test match, whereas, former Australian cricketer, Mark Waugh thinks Kohli is not at his best, especially in Test cricket.

Mark Waugh
Mark Waugh. Image Credits: Twitter

Mark Waugh on Kohli’s 75th Test Century in the fourth test match of BGT 2023-

The drought’s over. The gates have opened, you could tell right from the get-go he meant business. He played very few risky shots. He was so patient, just picked the bowling off, I don’t think he’s at his pure best at the moment, as far as his Test career is concerned … but it just shows you his class,” said Waugh.

The 57-year-old was initially part of the commentary panel for the India vs Australia test series 2023, but after the controversy, when he heavily criticised Kohli for his slip-catching technique while being part of the commentary team in the series for the first two Tests, it was reported that his contract was not extended because of this reason.

I don’t think he’s at his pure best at the moment, as far as his Test career is concerned … but it just shows you his class,” he further added.

The former Indian skipper was struggling to score in the longer format of the game for the Asian Giants, the star Indian batter had last scored a Test century in November of 2019 against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Since then, he couldn’t reach the three-figure mark in international cricket till Asia Cup 2022.

Earlier, Waugh tried to shut down the controversy regarding his on-air sledging on Kohli-

I wasn’t sledging his batting. I was sledging his catching, which he did improve actually. He worked hard on it. But I cannot believe that Virat Kohli hasn’t scored a century in 39 innings,”

The way he has batted and even his catching it shows that he has felt the pressure, no doubt about it. He is a great player so he is not used to not scoring runs but I did feel like that in Delhi he was getting back to his best,” said Waugh.
At the Nagpur test match, the former India skipper put down three catches. In the first innings, Kohli dropped Steve Smith when he was batting on six and in the second, missed the chance of David Warner and Peter Handscomb. Waugh criticised India’s ace batter for missing opportunities, which expectedly was not taken well by Kohli fans.
While, in the Australia tour of India 2023, after the conclusion of the IND VS AUS 2023 Test series, Men in Blue will play the 3 ODI matches against Aussies starting on March 17 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Asian Giants will face the same opponent in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final in June 2023.