Indian cricket‘s reigning famous person was felicitated by the BCCI on Friday commemorating his landmark one centesimal Test match — the primary recreation towards Sri Lanka right here.
“In present day cricket, with the amount of cricket we play with three formats and the IPL, the only takeaway if the next generation can take from my Test career is that I was able to strive through and play the purest format of the game and get to 100 Test matches,” (*100*) stated after being felicitated by head coach Rahul Dravid earlier than the match this morning.
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Due to bio-bubble restrictions, it was Dravid, who introduced (*100*) with a commemorative cap and likewise a glittering memento.
(*100*) had his actor spouse Anushka Sharma for firm and brother Vikas (*100*) was within the stands.
“It is a special moment for me. My wife is here and so is my brother. All my family members and coach from childhood, all are proud. It is indeed a team game and it couldn’t have been possible without you.
“Thanks to BCCI as properly for giving me this chance to characterize the Indian cricket group initially and from there on all the things has gone from energy to energy.
“I couldn’t have received it from a better person, one of my childhood heroes. I still have that picture in my house from under-15 NCA days, where I was looking at you and taking a picture with you and today I get my 100th Test cap from you. So, indeed it’s been a great journey and one which hopefully continues to grow.”
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From the BCCI, president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal and vice-president Rajiv Shukla have been in attendance.
Coach Dravid gave a heat speech, waxing eloquent about Kohli’s longevity and requested him to “double it up”.
“Virat, I am sure when you started out as a kid, you wanted to play one Test match for India and you stand here today on the cusp of your 100th Test match,” the India coach stated.
“It’s a testament to everything that is great in our sport… sweat, discipline, courage, skill, determination, desire, focus, you had it all. You had a great journey. You have done it with class and excellence.”
(*100*) joined an illustrious record comprising Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma, who played 100 Tests for the nation.
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“You can be very proud of not only playing the 100th Test match but also for the great journey that you have navigated through. Congratulations to you and your family on this fantastic achievement,” Dravid stated.
“It’s well deserved, well earned, and hopefully it is just the start of many things to come. As we say in the dressing room, double it up,” the previous captain earlier than presenting the cap to (*100*).”
Tributes have been pouring in for Kohli for past several days and on Friday morning Board secretary Jay Shah tweeted to describe the former skipper as the man who redefined Test cricket.
“His journey has been a union of emotion, ardour, dedication and dedication. To the person who redefined Test cricket and infused it with recent life, congratulations @imVkohli on this landmark Test. Let’s come collectively and have a good time,” Shah said.