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Rohit Sharma dismisses the notion of a ‘monkey on Virat’s back’ after Kohli’s century drought ends in Tests

The 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy lived up to its promise, from India’s domination in the first two Tests of the series to Australia’s tenacity in the last two matches. One of the series’ high points was star Indian batsman Virat Kohli’s long-awaited 75th international century.

Many believed that the monkey was now off Kohli’s back when he hit his stunning century. Reacting to similar allegations during the post-match news conference after the conclusion of the fourth Test, captain Rohit Sharma dismissed all of them, stating that there was no monkey on Virat’s back.

Virat Kohli last made a Test century in November 2019 against Bangladesh in a pink-ball Test match at the Eden Grounds in Kolkata. As a result, a Test century took a long time to arrive, and Virat eventually broke the drought on Sunday, March 12. Virat scored 186 runs while hitting 15 boundaries. His performance helped India amass 571 points in their first innings.

Virat had been able to hit fifties all along, but a three-figure score evaded him until March 12. He was at the wicket for a long period, facing 364 deliveries and spending 517 minutes there.