141 vs Australia – Adelaide 2014
141 vs Australia – Adelaide 2014ia’s 2013-’14 tour of Australia remains significant as it saw Dhoni announce his retirement from Test cricket in the middle of the series. But that tour is also memorable for Kohli’s sensational run with the bat. In the first game at Adelaide, he got centuries in both the innings and almost took his team to an improbable win. After scoring 115 in the first innings, the right-hander played an absolute blinder in the second. India were set a target of 364 and even as wickets kept falling around him, Kohli believed in himself and kept chipping away at the target. India eventually suffered an agonising 48-run defeat but Kohli’s 141 off 175 became an instant classic.
2-169 Vs Australia (Melbourne)
After losing the first two Tests in the 2013-’14 tour of Australia, India arrived in Melbourne for the third game hoping to turn the tide. Kohli had a quiet second Test in Brisbane but he roared back at the MCG with a majestic 169 against an attack comprising Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon. He shared a mammoth 262-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (147) and that went a long way in helping India draw the match. This was the Test after which Dhoni announced his retirement from the longest format. And thus began a new era in Indian cricket as Kohli took over the reins.
3- 82 vs Australia at Mohali 2016
The 82 he scored against Australia at the 2016 World T20 rates as the best T20 innings played by Virat Kohli.
. It was the 2016 World T20 at home and India were struggling against the mighty Australians. Despite only needing to chase 161 for victory, India found themselves 94-4, with only 6 overs left. Australia still had their key bowlers left with crucial overs. The likes of Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Faulkner were still to bowl out.
With the run rate above 11 already, another couple of wickets would probably have knocked India out. Instead, as he did right throughout that tournament, Kohli rose to the occasion. He was in sublime touch, as Nathan Coulter-Nile found out towards the end – toying with the bowling.
Kohli’s 82 saw India through to the Semi-Finals.
4- 133 Vs Srilanka
In fourth place is arguably Kohli’s most important innings ever. The 133 that Kohli made against Sri Lanka at Hobart catapulted the young maestro into stardom. A bowler of the quality of Lasith Malinga took full toll.
It came in just 86 balls, at a strike rate of 155 and it helped India cruise to victory, chasing 321 in just 36.4 overs. 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.
The best ODI innings played by Virat Kohli
5- 153 Vs South Africa
Number five on this list of best innings by Virat Kohli is his 153 vs South Africa. Against the best bowling attack in the world at the time, Kohli stood above all of his teammates and compiled a superb century that took India within touching distance of South Africa’s first innings total.
The innings came off just 217 balls, at a strike rate of 71. This was no mean feat. Despite Steyn being injured in the first test, Kohli was facing a bowling attack that included Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi.
On a slightly subcontinental that still had pace and bounce, Kohli was in complete control. The Supersport Park pitch could not stop him. His 153 came out of an Indian total of just 307. This meant that Kohli had scored nearly half of the runs in the innings. The second and third highest scores were 48 and 36, by Murali Vijay and Ravi Ashwin respectively.
6- 235 Vs England
Again a one sided series, but Kohli showed his class and maturity in the way he built his innings to get way ahead of England’s first innings total of 400. Once again, not taking much risks and scoring mostly of the ones and twos and the occasional boundary in between he went on to make another double hundred and after that what England witnessed was a batsman playing Test Cricket but thrashing their bowlers just like a batsman would in a T20 match. Kohli just unleashed on the bowlers and started hitting boundaries at ease, though he couldn’t do that for long as he was caught on 235 trying to hit a six, but this innings was as good as it could get. In that grand home season, he scored 4 double hundreds in 4 consecutive series and made another record.
7-The first hundred (2009 vs Sri Lanka)
India were looking to win the five-match series in Kolkata. Sri Lanka had registered a huge score of 315 and Suranga Lakmal had removed openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in no time. India were reeling at 23/2 in the fourth over.
Despite having senior batsman Gautam Gambhir at the other end, Kohli pierced gaps at will and counter-punched with carefree abandon. Gambhir played an anchor role as the Delhi duo stitched a massive 224-run stand. Just weeks after turning 21, Kohli got to his first ODI hundred. He didn’t see the team across the line, though, falling for 107.
Gambhir did the rest, chasing down the total to hand India the series with a classy unbeaten 150. After winning the Man of the Match award, the southpaw handed it over to his younger teammate, a gesture seldom seen in international cricket.
8-The highest score (183 vs Pakistan 2012)
India had everything going against them at Mirpur in the Asia Cup after Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed’s centuries put Misbah-ul-Haq’s side in command. India had to chase down 330 – a score they had never got to during the second innings – at the time.
Tendulkar was up and away, taking on the pacers early on to keep India on course. In a way, this knock may have been a watershed moment in the design of Kohli’s chases taking shape. During the powerplay overs, when Tendulkar was aggressive, Kohli was subdued. After the batting legend’s departure, Pakistan were sent on a leather hunt.
With Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal, the bowling attack had quality to hurt the Indian batsmen.
Rohit Sharma, at the other end, played a sheet anchor’s role. Who can forget Kohli’s celebrations after he reached the three-figure mark: Chest pumping out, swaying his bat with passion and letting out an expletive or two in Hindi.
Kohli departed for 183, his highest ODI score till date. The number has some significance in Indian cricket as former captains Sourav Ganguly and Dhoni’s highest ODI scores were 183 too.
9-Virat Kohli’s “notebook” celebration.
India captain Virat Kohli prefers his bat to do all the talking. But in a rare incident during the opening Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday, he turned his arm into a virtual ‘notebook’ to celebrate.
In the 16th over of India’s run-chase at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Kohli smashed West Indies pacer Kesrick Williams for a six and then imitated the bowler’s famous notebook celebration. The Indian skipper used his arm as a notebook to sign, after hitting Williams over the ropes.
Kohli scored a masterful unbeaten 94 off 50 balls as India chased down the challenging target of 208 with eight balls to spare for a six-wicket win.
10-Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 254 Vs South Africa
Virat Kohli hit a clinical unbeaten double hundred (254 off 336b, 33x4s, 2x6s).It was his highest individual score in an innings.
Kohli’s was a captain’s innings of supreme will power and intensity. He concentrated on all aspects of batsmanship: surviving the rough period, mixed defence with offence, stole runs, encourage his batting partners and deflated the opposition morale.