Even though the Indian batting maverick, Virat Kohli has not been at his best in recent times as his last international century came way back in November 2019. He would still have all eyes on him in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
Virat Kohli in Asia Cup Previously
Legendary Kohli’s present form might raise a lot of eyebrows but his career batting stats are good enough to back him up. While the heroics of Kohli and the fandom he possesses is quite mighty to be written in words. We present you with his tale of heroics in the Asia Cup history.
Making his debut in Asia Cup in the 2010 edition, Kohli has put up some insane numbers for his national team. Featuring in 2010, 2012, and 2016 editions Kohli has pretty much left his mark on Asia cup history. If we talk about Asia Cup in the ODI format, Kohli has a batting average of 63.83 in 16 matches with a total of 766 runs. While in the T20 format he has an even impressive average of 76.50, with an aggregate of 153 runs in just 5 matches.
Take a closer look:
|No. of Matches||16||5|
|100s/ 50s||3/ 2||0/1|
Virat’s Special Performances in Asia Cup
Former India Captain didn’t just gain his mighty fandom that easily. There were several performances in hardships when King Kohli came to the rescue of Team India.
183 against arch-rival, Pakistan
Kohli’s highest score of 183 came against Pakistan during the 2012 Asia Cup; India successfully chased a huge target of 330 set by Pakistan and Kohli was adjudged man of the match. Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones described the innings as “one of the greatest ODI knocks of all time.”
Coming in to bat with the scoreboard reading 0/1, Virat launched a murderous assault on the opposition, scoring a breathtaking 148-ball 183, and helped India to chase a mammoth target of 330 with 13 balls to spare.
Kohli’s Magic leads India to win over Bangladesh
Scoring a splendid century, Kohli guided India to victory against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2014. The charge of captaincy was for the first time given to Kohli, in the absence of former captain MS Dhoni. Surely leading from the front he scored his 19th ODI century.
While taking the charge of captaincy after the best himself puts you under great pressure. Moreover, Kohli not only proved his mettle as a batter but seemed to be the best alternative for the captaincy.
Kohli finishes it off against Sri Lanka
Kohli finishes it off with a boundary against Sri Lanka. With a stylish unbeaten 56 off 47 balls, Kohli once again helped India win. As India reached the final of the Asia Cup T20 at Mirpur.
It was another trademark Kohli innings which started with him rotating the strike to get his eyes set. And once he was all set there was no looking back for the vice-captain.
Former India Coach Ravi Shastri’s take
Former India team head coach Ravi Shastri has said that big guys always wake up at the right time. As he believes that the rest taken by Virat Kohli will do all kinds of good for him. He said that if Virat can score a fifty in the very first match against arch-rivals, Pakistan, the mouths of the critics will be shut.
Shastri insists that one good inning by Kohli will make people forget his long rough patch. Well along with Shastri, we believe so too. Indian cricket fans would love to see their king back in his original form. While all eyes will be on Virat Kohli, we also wish the Men in Blue all the very best for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022.
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