How quickly time passes. Virat Kohli has fully recovered after being without an international century and now has three in four games. In the first three games of the year, Kohli scored his 45th and 46th ODI centuries, giving him a total of 44 for the year. After being dismissed cheaply in the second match, Kohli slammed his second-highest ODI total of 166 not out to secure India a 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka. Kohli opened the new year by smashing 113 against Sri Lanka in the first ODI. With six more games remaining before the IPL and a few more, Kohli has established the tone, making Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI century record seem even more attainable—just three more are needed to match it.

Everyone, including former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, is jubilant at Kohli’s comeback to form. When Kohli was abruptly fired as India’s ODI captain in November 2021, the two caused a commotion in Indian cricket. However, they seem to have gone a long way since then. The situation seems to have been resolved, as Ganguly expressed satisfaction with Kohli’s series of hundreds after his comeback to form.

“I am pleased with how he (Virat) put together his century. A fantastic effort was made. It’s simply fantastic to see Virat’s face glowing again “Ganguly, a former captain of India, said to Mid-Day.

In addition to Kohli, Ganguly mentioned Jasprit Bumrah, another prominent cricketer from India who, unlike Kohli, is not currently playing. The Indian bowler, who has been out with a back ailment since October of last year, was selected for the Sri Lanka ODIs. Bumrah was, however, abruptly removed from the series one day before the start because the BCCI determined that the fast bowler needed additional time to heal completely.

When Bumrah will be seen again is yet unknown with certainty. He was not selected for the ODIs against New Zealand. T20Is, not for the first two Test matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy versus Australia. Ganguly urged for patience but also expressed worry over the uncertainty around Bumrah’s injury considering how much he contributes to the team.

“For the Test series against Australia, he is essential. Fast bowling is a difficult sport. I’m hoping he’ll be well soon. He has to have ample healing time, “Ganguly tacked on.