India is set to take on West Indies for the 2nd Test, starting July 20 in Port of Spain. It will be a special game for Virat Kohli who will be playing his 500th international game for India. Virat will join the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni on the list of Indian batters with more than 500 international games.
Virat Kohli will play his 500th international match during the second Test match against the West Indies on Thursday.
Sixth in the list of most runs scored and behind only Sachin Tendulkar in international centuries, Kohli will be the fourth Indian to achieve the milestone of 500 matches.
Former India cricketer Akash Chopra praised Virat Kohli for his remarkable feat and hailed him as a brand ambassador of the game.
“Virat Kohli’s dedication to the game is very evident and in fact defines him. The way he has lived his life like a monk where it has only been about cricket. That is the reason he has reached where he is today and is a brand ambassador of the beautiful game. We are all thankful for what he has done for Indian cricket and for cricket in general,” said Chopra.
Pragyan Ojha, too, praised him and termed it as ‘one more feather in the cap’ moment, “This is a very special achievement. Very few get to achieve this feat. I hope this acts as a motivation for him and he keeps playing good knocks for the country and continues with his good form.”
Wasim Jaffer lauded Kohli’s longevity and said, “Not everybody gets to play 500 matches and his longevity is praiseworthy – the way he has kept himself fit and consistent and continued playing well and scored 75 centuries in international cricket.” It signifies his discipline, dedication, and determination. He has played 500 matches and there is a lot more cricket left in him. He is a role model for all cricketers across the world.