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Walking Down Memory Lane – Remembering Virat Kohli’s Best Innings for India

Walking Down Memory Lane - Remembering Virat Kohli's Best Innings for India
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The Indian team captain and accomplished batsman Virat Kohli turned 33 on November 5, 2021. Despite not being in his prime form in the last two years, Kohli has still managed to produce consistent results for Team India, both as a captain and the leading run-scorer. Moreover, Virat Kohli is the only player in the sport’s history to win all three individual ICC awards in a single year – the ICC Test match player of the year, the ICC ODI player of the year, and the ICC overall player of the year. Kohli achieved this amazing accomplishment in 2018. 

The following article discusses a few of Kohli’s best innings for Team India:

5. A Kohli Masterclass – India vs. Pakistan, Dhaka 2012

There are not many more exciting experiences than watching India vs. Pakistan in a cricket match. A sporting experience that brings millions of people together, this episode of India vs. Pakistan occurred during the 2012 Asia Cup. 

In the 5th match of the Asia Cup, Pakistan started aggressively with the bat, putting up a massive total of 329 runs in 50 overs. While chasing, India started their innings disappointingly, losing opener Gautam Gambhir in the very first over. However, as the stakes raised, Virat Kohli rose to the occasion and scored a crucial inning of 183 runs in 148 balls at a strike rate of 123.64. His career-best innings included 22 boundaries and 1 six. Moreover, his sturdy partnerships with Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar allowed Team India to secure the match with 13 balls to spare.

4. Virat Kohli ends his struggling spell in England – India vs. England, Edgbaston 2018

The India vs. England Test series in 2014 was probably one of the lowest points of King Kohli’s career. Having high hopes attached to his form, Kohli was expected to lead India from the front in 2014. Although, due to tough conditions, Kohli failed to produce positive results in 2014, he came back stronger than ever in 2018. Playing in tough bowling conditions with England pacers leveraging the pace and swing provided by the pitch, Virat Kohli’s monstrous innings of 149 runs in 225 balls was probably one of his finest knocks. His innings came at a dire spot after the English bowling attack transiently dispatched the Indian openers. However, Kohli’s determination and hard work showed in Edgbaston as he outlasted the tough bowling conditions and produced one of his finest knocks. 

3. Kohli rises to the occasion again – India vs. South Africa, The Centurion 2012

Playing against one of the best bowling lineups at the time, Kohli showed his batting supremacy in South Africa. In his innings, Kohli scored 153 runs at a strike rate of 71. 

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2. Kohli dispatches Malinga all over the stadium – India vs. Sri Lanka – 2012 

What can probably be considered as one of the best chasing performances of Kohli’s career, his performance in 2012 was simply phenomenal. Leading up to the match against Sri Lanka, Kohli had already scored eight centuries. His superb performance of 133 runs in 86 balls allowed Team India to chase down an impressive target of 320 runs (set by Sri Lanka). However, Virat Kohli’s treatment of hall of fame bowler Lasith Malinga was another impressive feat of this epic chase. The bowling wizard was completely bamboozled by Kohli’s impressive batting performance. Kohli dispatched the Sri Lankan for 24 runs in one over. Kohli’s impressive performance included 16 boundaries and 2 sixes. 

1. Kohli proves his mettle in Adelaide – India vs. Australia – 2014 

What can undoubtedly be argued as one of the best batting performances of Kohli’s career, Kohli’s knock in Adelaide was a memorable one. Chasing a target of 364 runs in a high-scoring encounter, Kohli stepped onto the pitch at a crucial juncture – India had lost two early wickets in the innings and were 57 for 2. Kohli and Vijay’s brilliant partnership of 185 runs gave Team India a strong chance of coming back and beating Australia. 

With memorable knocks like these, there is no doubt that the Indian sensation Virat Kohli has inscribed his name in the history books of cricket and Indian sports. However, as Kohli approaches 33 years of age, it would be exciting to see whether Kohli can overturn his poor string of form and give his fans another memorable knock soon. 

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