Virat Kohli’s first international debut was in 2008 and since then he has been unstoppable. His skills against pace, swing, seam, spin and bounce have dominated the world. He is the only cricketer in history to average over 50 in all three formats. His wonderful timing and great skills make him great to watch. Between 2013 and 2022, Kohli captained the Indian cricket team in more than 200 matches across all three formats. He was awarded with Arjuna Award in the year 2013 and Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017. Also, he was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honor, in 2018. As Kohli turns 33, here we have 5 best innings of Virat Kohli of all time that you must know:
5 Best Innings of Virat Kohli of All Time
5. Thunderstorm in Mohali- 82* vs Australia
It was the 2016 T20 World Cup at home and we were struggling against the mighty Australians. Although the target was to chase 161 runs only for victory, Indian cricketers found themselves in difficulty with 94-4 and only 6 overs left. In this match, Virat Kohli smashed 82 runs against Australian bowlers. His amazing partnership with MS Dhoni led the team into the semi-finals. No doubt he saved the team at the most crucial time. Dhoni hit the winning runs but the sight of Kohli falling on the ground and soaking the moment showed how much it meant to him. Hence, he rated it as his best innings.
4. Epic 133 runs in Hobart
On February 28 2012 in Hobart, Virat Kohli played a One Day International innings that firmly established him as a great in the making. Virat Kohli smashed an epic 133 runs off just 86 balls to help India chase the target of 321 runs in just 36.4 overs. This score includes 16 fours and two sixes. It was almost an impossible task. But Virat turned the table and made everything possible. India beat Sri-Lanka by 7 wickets. His innings gave India the chance of reaching the finals but it proved in vain in the end as other results didn’t go India’s way.
3. Victory in South Africa- 129(96)
India and South Africa faced off in a 6-match series earlier in 2018. It was the final match of the series and India was already leading by 4-1. India started to chase but lost both the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan but Virat Kohli did not let this affect his game. He scored 129 runs off 96 balls with 19 fours and 2 sixes and maintained a strike rate of 134. It helped India to win the match as well as the series. Therefore, Kohli became man of the match.
2. Romp to Victory in Pakistan-183(148)
It was a treat to watch this match as it was India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2012. Since this was a qualifying match, India had to win. Pakistan batted first and achieved a score of 329 runs with 9 wickets. Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez both scored a century. India was in a huge trouble when Gambhir got out but then Kohli came on the pitch and from then whole scenario changed. He batted like a maestro with 22 fours and 1 six before getting out. India won the match and Virat got the man of the match. Hence, this is one of the 5 best innings of Virat Kohli of all time.
1. Until Hell Freezes Over-107(126)
India and Pakistan matches are always exciting to watch and when it is World Cup it is like cherry on the top. In 2015 World Cup, India and Pakistan faced off in a pool match for the qualifier. India won the toss and chose to bat first. Rohit Sharma had to leave the pitch very early. But when Kohli arrived at the pitch atmosphere of that match changed completely. He smashed 8 fours and scored his 22nd International hundred. The bowlers did a fabulous job as well and restricted Pakistan to only 224. Kohli became man of the match.
Although Virat Kohli has not scored any century in last two years but he still continues to be the best batters in the world.
5 Best Innings of Virat Kohli of All Time
|Rank||Format of Match||Year||Balls||Runs|
|1||T20 World Cup||2016||126||107|
|2||India vs Australia ODI||2018||148||183|
|3||India vs SA ODI Series||2018||96||129|
|4||India vs Pakistan Asia Cup||2012||86||133|
|5||India vs Pakistan World Cup||2015||51||82|
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