: ICC pays tribute to Virat Kohli by recounting his five best T20 WC knocks #IndiaNEWS #Sports Melbourne: Former India skipper Virat Kohli would certainly have left Pakistani fans in a daze and the
ICC pays tribute to Virat Kohli by recounting his five best T20 WC knocks #IndiaNEWS #Sports
Melbourne: Former India skipper Virat Kohli would certainly have left Pakistani fans in a daze and the Indian cricket aficionados celebrating Diwali a day earlier with his unbeaten 82-run knock at the packed Melbourne Cricket Ground Sunday.
No words are enough to describe the feat and the cricketer himself indicated he was amazed by what he had achieved. Kohli has been one of the best chase masters across the five T20 World Cup campaigns he has been part of, scoring 541 runs at a strike rate of 135. 92.
Dismissed only twice in his 10 knocks, the 33-year-olds latest match-winning effort means his average has soared to a mindboggling 270. 50. Outside of a 2 not out against Scotland coming in at the end of their winning chase in 2021, Kohlis lowest score is 23 (27 balls) in Nagpur back in 2016.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) paid tribute to the charismatic cricketer by recounting his five best T20 World Cup innings.
1. 82 not out (53 balls) v Pakistan, Melbourne, 2022:
It took every bit of a Kohli master-class for India to prevail over Pakistan in a stadium packed with nearly 100,000 spectators. Kohli came to the crease in the second over when KL Rahul (4) fell to Naseem Shah, and after a powerplay of 31/3, and 31/4 straight after with the loss of Axar Patel, Pakistan were in absolute control. Kohli and Hardik Pandya then began the uphill task of setting the house in order.
The duo put on 103, and set up a final assault. Pandya fell on the first delivery of the final over, though Kohli carried on, putting Mohammad Nawaz into the stands off a waist high full toss to make it six runs required from the final three deliveries. He smartly ran three byes after the free hit made a mess of his stumps, and watched Ravichandran Ashwin loft over the off-side to deliver victory.
The calculation was simple. Nawaz had one over to bowl, so if I could take Haris down, they would panic. From 28 in 8 balls, it came down to 16 in 6. I tried to stick to my instincts. The first one was back-of-a-hand slower ball (the one over long-on). Standing here I just feel like it was meant to be. Till today Mohali was my best innings against Australia. Today I will count this one higher, said Kohli.
2. 78 not out (61 balls) v Pakistan, Colombo (R. Premadasa Stadium), 2012:
Kohli showed calm in the chase of 128 on a slow R. Premadasa Stadium surface. As the Pakistani batters tried desperately to up the run-rate and managed just 128 in a Group match of the T20 World Cup, Kohli, who came following the departure of Gautam Gambhir, made just 16 from his first 19 deliveries. He then made a statement with a superb drive over Shahid Afridi for six in the first over after the powerplay.
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