The former Indian skipper already has his authority on the ongoing . stamped World Cup T20 in Australia and once again become a force to be reckoned with. Kohli has scored 220 runs in the tournament so far with knocks of 82 not out, 62 not out, 12 and an unbeaten 64.
Now that he turns 34 on Saturday, TimesofIndia.com here you will relive some of the best strokes Kohli has played over the years.
141 vs Australia in Adelaide, December 2014 (Test)
If Virat Kohli is given an option to be aggressive or defensive, the latter option always takes a back seat, even when the odds are against him. And that was exactly what was seen in Kohli’s first Test as a skipper when Australia made the game interesting by declaring their second innings at 290/5, leaving India 364 on the final day. Kohli, who had been given a century in the first innings of the game, decided to go for the kill instead of a draw. He came out with all the guns blazing on a field where Nathan Lyon was causing all sorts of trouble. But Kohli defied all odds in his stroke-filled knock of 141 studded with 16 fours and a six. His strike rate was 80.57. India didn’t cross the finish line, but this shot will long be remembered as one of the best counter-attacks played in Test Cricket.
153 vs South Africa in Centurion, January 2018 (Test)
Virat Kohli walked to bat when the chips were 28/2 for India. He quickly assessed the conditions and produced a masterclass against a relentless South African pace attack. He hit an exceptional 153 from 217 balls, making up 50 per cent of India’s 307 tally in response to South Africa’s tally of 335 in South Africa’s first innings. His knock will be recorded in history as one of the best punches played by a visiting batsman in South Africa. However, AB de Villiers’ second innings masterclass propelled the Proteas to victory.
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133* vs Sri Lanka in Hobart, February 2012 (ODI)
Chasing a score of over 300 in ODIs has become the new norm, but doing so in under 40 overs requires special skills that Virat Kohli possesses. This might be called Kohli’s best ODI knock yet. His unbeaten 133 out of just 86 against Sri Lanka helped India stay alive in the tri-series in Australia as they chased 321 in just 36.4 overs. Kohli built a partnership with Gautam Gambhir after India found itself in a difficult position. The way he decimated Lasith Malinga to all parts of the ground was one of the highlights of the knockout.
183 vs Pakistan in Dhaka, March 2012 (ODI)
Virat Kohli was at his best against Pakistan during the 2012 Asian Cup in Mirpur in Dhaka. He made fun of Pakistani bowling with a pure carnage. It was punches like this that got people to label him as “chase master” as he became one of the most complete ODI batsmen in the world. He scored a massive 183 from just 148 balls – his highest ODI score to date – to beat a massive 330-run goal with ease. It was also India’s most successful chase in ODIs at the time. This match also turned out to be Sachin Tendulkar’s last ODI outing.
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82* vs Australia in Mohali, March 2016 (T20I)
It was a virtual knockout for India as they race for a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. The hosts stared down 49/3 in their chase of 161. But Kohli – the hunt master – was about to devise another memorable chase for India. He was undefeated at 82 out of 51 to send India to the semi-finals as they chased the 161 goal with five balls left. Needing 39 from 18 balls, Kohli hit James Faulkner for two fours and a six and then Nathan Coulter-Nile for four boundaries in the 19th over to narrow the comparison down to four from the last left. Virat took India home with a 6 wicket win.
82* vs Pakistan in Melbourne, October 2022 (T20I)
Another undefeated 82, another chase and another big stage of the T20 World Cup. After a long hiatus, ‘King Kohli’ has returned to what he does best and the way he snatched victory from defeat to Pakistan in India’s opening match at the 2022 T20 World Cup reminded fans of the Virat Kohli of yesteryear – the champion chase master. Pakistan was really in the driver’s seat, but Virat single-handedly propelled India to an epic four-wicket victory against the arch-rivals with a stunning 53-ball 82 – an innings he called his best T20I knock ever. Kohli lifted India from 31/4 as he chased a 160 goal in their first match, to lead the team to a memorable victory and start their campaign at a high level in the current edition.