Even if Team India’s performance at the Asia Cup 2022 was disappointing, Virat Kohli’s comeback to run-scoring was a big plus for the team. On Thursday, Kohli scored his first T20I tonne against Afghanistan, breaking a lengthy drought without a century. It was also his 71st international century, tying Australia’s legendary Ricky Ponting for the distinction. In terms of most international tonnes, the Indian hitter is presently only behind fellow countryman Sachin Tendulkar (100).

Rohit Sharma chose to rest for India’s last game of the tournament, therefore Kohli and KL Rahul started the innings. The pair put up a strong 119-run partnership during which Kohli also achieved his fifty-first run in 32 deliveries. The 33-year-old batsman readjusted the tempo of the innings after the early dismissals of Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav before resuming his aggressive style. He ultimately reached his century with a six in the 19th over of the match.

India’s highest scorer in a single T20 International inning is now Kohli thanks to his undefeated 122-run performance. Ravi Shastri, a former head coach of India who worked closely with Virat Kohli when the latter served as the team’s captain, praised the Indian batsman after the innings.

“In my opinion, Virat Kohli’s performance today has put a wrench in the works. The decision-makers are now free to consider whether they still need a third opener. During his time providing commentary on Star Sports, Shastri stated.

“KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are available when Virat Kohli is, and Virat may easily serve as the third opener in the event of an injury. It enables you to play an additional fast bowler and batsman in the middle order. So, it does provide some opportunities, he said.

Kohli made a return to the Indian team after more than a month’s break from the sport, following an extended patch of low-scoring games. The next T20I series against Australia, which starts on September 20, is probably where the former India skipper would make his next appearance.