The current captain of the Indian Test team and Vice Captain in the ODI and T20 Format, yes we will be having a close look in Virat’s best innings of his ODI career so far. A right-handed middle order batsman with every cricketing shot of the world. The sound of the stroke when Virat Kohli hits the Cover Drive with such an ease and comfort defines his ability.
Virat Kohli is a versatile Batsmen who smashes the opponent with every single shot he is capable of, whether it is a Slog sweep, Flick of the Wrist, Square Cut, Hook or a Pull shot. Kohli bullies the bowlers brutally and cruelly showing no respect to them and is considered to be a Nightmare cricketer to Every Bowler of the world. Let’s take a look at Virat Kohli’s top 5 innings in ODI cricket so far
5. 107 vs Sri Lanka (4th ODI, Kolkata, December 2009)
Virat Kohli’s maiden century helped India chase a Massive 316 runs Target at the Eden Gardens. India was on a crucial stage 23/2, when the Delhi duo of Kohli and Gambhir joined hands for what turned out to be a walk-in-the-park chase for the home side. Kohli, in particular, unleashed his trademark flicks to the leg side, punctuated by back-foot punches and sublime drives.
Throughout his innings, there was always that element of risk attributed to his constant shuffling across the stumps; however, he managed to bring his bat down on time in each instance. Kohli scored a crucial role hitting 11 fours and 1 six in his entire inning with a Strike rate of 93.85
4. 118 vs Australia (2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam, October 20, 2010)
Watching his side reeling at 35/2 in the ninth over and the required run-rate mounting rapidly, Virat launched a counter-offensive against the Aussie bowlers – peppering both sides of the wicket with his stylish stroke-play.
He added 137 runs for the third wicket with Yuvraj Singh before the latter was dismissed in the 34th over. Battling cramps and with India still 118 runs short, Kohli accelerated hard in the company of the adventurousSuresh Raina.
He brought up his century with a crisp square drive, then swung McKay for two fours and a massive six over long-on. The cramps got the better of the limping youngster as he fell with India 34 runs behind, but ended up on the winning side nonetheless.
Kohli’s hundred helped India chase 290 against Australia where he scored 118 runs with 11 fours and 1 six at a Strike Rate of 97.52.
3. 133* vs Sri Lanka (CB Series, Hobart, February 28, 2012)
Virat Kohli’s hammering innings run chase in ODIs blasted away against Sri Lanka’s total of 320 runs and completing it in just 36.4 overs. This 133*runs not out knock included 16 Fours 2 sixes at a healthy Strike rate of 154.65.
Demoralized after a forgettable outing against Australia in the Test series, India suffered further humiliation after Sri Lanka piled on yet another 300-plus score, with Dilshan belting an unbeaten 160 and Sangakkara scoring 105. To stay alive in the series, the world champions needed to make 321 in 40 overs – a tall order, given their recent woes with the bat.
Kohli played Fearless cricket and also smashed Lasith Malinga for 24 runs in one over, the highlight of which was a trademark flick over deep square leg for a massive six.
2. 138 vs South Africa Chennai 22 October 2015
Virat Kohli slammed a brilliant 138 runs performance as India comfortably beat South Africa by 35 runs to level the series 2-2. Kohli’s century included Great Hits against every single South African bowler and gave a hard time to the Proteas, India piled up a commendable 299/8 in 50 overs and then restricted South Africa to 264/9 despite a classy hundred by their captain AB de Villiers. Kohli’s Knock overcame the Ton of Devillers who already put up his 22nd Century in ODI international.
This Virat Kohli’s innings can be considered in one of his best career innings as he levelled up Team India 2-2 in the Series. Kohli scored 138 in 140 balls scoring 6 boundaries and five sixes at a strike rate of 98.57.
1. 183 vs Pakistan (5th Match, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 2012)
The RCB captain single-handedly demolished arch-rivals Pakistan with a commanding century, re-affirming India’s status as masters of a chase in the subcontinent.Pakistan had 329 runs on the boards which included 2 massive Centuries from Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed.
n the chase, Virat Kohli sent almost all the bowlers on a leather hunt as he pulled, cut, drove and flicked with utmost authority. With the peerless Sachin Tendulkar watching from the other end, Kohli went completely berserk against the Men in Green.
Both batsmen negated the threat posed by Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul, and smashed the other bowlers without a sweat as they rocketed away to a 133-run stand following Gautam Gambhir’s cheap dismissal.
Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz bore the brunt of Kohli’s initial assault – the batsman flicked him for boundaries repeatedly on the leg side.
Riaz’s four overs cost him 50 runs, forcing his skipper to pull him out of the attack. Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 105 in Pakistan’s innings, was carted for 42 in his nine overs.
Such was the dominance Kohli exerted that the dismissals of Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma were mere flashes in the pan. He finally fell to a vicious short delivery from Gul, but by then the damage had been done to the bowling side, and India romped home without a fuss.