Virat Kohli had a successful year in 2022 as he finally broke his almost 1,000-day century drought at the Asia Cup last year in the United Arab Emirates. In the subsequent continental tournament match against Afghanistan, Kohli hammered a century, and since that time, he has not looked back. The former Indian captain has been having successful outings and managed to end the year with another century, which came in the penultimate ODI against Bangladesh last month. (Continue reading: India vs. Sri Lanka Live Score, First ODI)

Moving ahead, Kohli began 2023 on a similar note by scoring his 45th ODI century and leading India to a mammoth total of 373/7 against Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Guwahati on Tuesday. After the right-handed hitter and skipper, Rohit Sharma established the ideal foundation for the rest to get runs, Kohli came out to bat.

In his 113 off 87 balls, which included 12 boundaries and one six, Kohli managed to hit. It took him 80 deliveries to attain the goal. During the innings break, Kohli said about his outstanding performance “I took a little rest after the Bangladesh trip and had participated in a few practice sessions before this game. I couldn’t wait for the home season to begin. I was able to enter the game thanks to the openers, and I made an effort to control my strike rate. I was pleased that I could keep up the pace, and we reached 370.

During his innings, Kohli was fortunate in a few instances, and the batsman took advantage of the missed chances. “Any day over them (missed opportunities). When things go your way, you should give thanks to God. I’m very aware that these nights are significant. I’m grateful that I made the most of my good fortune. I contributed to the squad scoring 20 additional runs as opposed to 350.

“To hunt this down, someone will need to score a 150 or 140. But it also gives our bowlers a chance to bowl with dew coming into play,” said the former India captain. 4