Prior to the start of the 2022 Asia Cup, former India skipper Virat Kohli had taken a month-long break from cricket. The right-handed battle dynamo also talked about his struggles with mental health while he was on a meager patch.
The break clearly helped, as Kohli finished the Asian Cup as the second-highest points scorer with 276 runs in five games with a strike rate of 147.59, with two out of fifty and a hundred.
Ricky Ponting is optimistic Virat Kohli can track down Sachin Tendulkar’s achievement
Kohli also landed his 71st international ton after a nearly two-year wait. Now, after equaling Ponting’s record in the process, there is now only one name on the list of most tons above Kohli: Sachin Tendulkar with 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 it’s slowed down as much as it did… yes, I still think it’s possible for him, there’s no doubt about that.’
“I still think he has several years ahead of him, but I think it’s still 30 international hundreds, that’s a lot. That’s five or six Test hundreds a year, maybe for the next three or four years. If you throw in a few one-days, maybe a few more T20.”
Ponting thinks there is still a lot of cricket left for Virat Kohli
Questions are now again focused on Tendulkar’s count, and whether Kohli can find a late career boost to track that down.
Following the same lines, Ponting said: “It’s taken (the century) a little longer, the last few years because he’s been in that century that caused drought, if you will, it’s taken a little longer to get to me than I thought it would.”
“But look, he is clearly one of the greats of all time and there is still a long time to go in his career. It was good to see him back in the running.” added the Aussie.
ALSO READ: IND vs AUS: “Tim David will add the X factor to the Australian squad”, ex-Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene