Never thought I'll play 100 Tests: Kohli

India batter Virat Kohli has said that he never thought that he will be able to play 100 Tests and termed the journey really long. Kohli achieved the milestone ofplaying 100 matches in the longest format today in the first Test against SL.

'I honestly never thought that I will play 100 Tests, it has been a long journey. Played a lot of cricket over the course of these 100 Tests, a lot of international cricket and I am just grateful that I have been able to play these 100 Tests. 

God has been kind, I have worked really hard on my fitness. It is a big moment for me, my family and my coach. It is a very special moment, Kohli said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of BCCI. 

I never grew up thinking that I have to score small runs, the idea was to score big runs. I scored a lot of double hundreds in junior cricket. My idea was to bat long and I enjoyed doing that. These things took a lot out of you and it revealed your true character. Test cricket needed to stay alive, for me, this is real cricket, he added.

Kohli was slated to play his 100th Test during the South Africa series earlier this year, but as fate has it, he  reached the milestone in India itself with a 50 per cent crowd in attendance at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.