Before the start of the 2022 Asia Cup, former India captain Virat Kohli had taken a month off from cricket. The right-handed hitting dynamo also spoke about his mental health issues during the period in which he suffered a rough patch.
The break clearly helped as Kohli finished the Asian Cup as the second-highest run scorer with 276 runs from five matches at a strike rate of 147.59, which included two fifty and one hundred.
Ricky Ponting is optimistic Virat Kohli can track down Sachin Tendulkar’s feat
Kohli also achieved his 71st international ton after a nearly two-year wait. Now, having equaled Ponting’s record in the process, there is only one name on the list of most tons above Kohli now: Sachin Tendulkar at 100 centuries.
Speaking to ICC Review, the former Australian skipper said: “If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said yes. But the fact that he slowed down as much as he did…yeah, I still think it’s possible for him, no question.”
“I still think he has several years to go, but I guess he still has 30 hundred internationals behind him, that’s a lot. That’s five or six Test Hundreds a year for maybe the next three or four years. If you throw a couple of the ones a day, maybe the weird T20s on top.”
Ponting thinks there is still plenty of cricket left for Virat Kohli
Now, questions have once again turned to Tendulkar’s tally, and whether Kohli can find a late-career boost to track him down.
Echoing the same lines, Ponting stated: “(The century) took a little longer, the last two years because he’s been in that drought he did a century, if you will, it took a little longer to get to me than I thought.”