Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best limited-overs player in the world right now. The Indian skipper has won many games for the team with his destructive batting and sharp fielding skills. He is widely regarded as the chase master because of the fact that he averages 61.22 in the second innings and 89.23 in India’s successful run chases. On a few occasions, Virat Kohli has single-handedly won games and displayed his perfect captaincy knocks. Here are a few:
India vs West Indies, 2019: India began the first inning with Dhawan returning to the stands with 2 runs. Kohli stepped in and Rohit Sharma also gave an easy wicket with just 18 runs in account. Under such pressure, Kohli scored a whopping 120 in 125 deliveries and he was assisted by Iyer to put up a decent score for West Indies. In the second inning, Kohli showed a spectacular performance with his fielding and wrapped up the game with all wickets down at 210.
India vs Sri Lanka, 2014: This match was among the series where Kohli captained the entire series. Barring Ambati Rayudu, none of the Indian batsmen gave Kohli company at the crease. The skipper was in danger of running out of partners. With the help of Axar Patel, Kohli launched into a timely assault and India chased down the target comfortably with Kohli scoring 139 runs.
India vs England, 2017: India needed more than 350 to win yet again. Kohli and India, here, had a mountain to climb. India was reeling at 63/4. Kedar Jadhav scored a spell-binding century to keep his side in the hunt. Midway through the partnership, Kohli took over. This was also the match where Kohli played one of his best shots in ODI cricket, a lofted straight drive off Chris Woakes over long-off. It hardly had a back-lift and the ball kept travelling. He scored 122 and helped India win.
India vs South Africa, 2018: In this match, wickets tumbled but Kohli’s run-glut continued. His batting in the final ten overs was a sight to behold. And, he stayed there till the end scoring 160 unbeaten. The South Africans dithered and Kohli took the match away from them.
We want to see numerous such knocks by the Run-machine for the team in distress.