The reputation of Virat Kohli is increasing by the day and there is little doubt that he is the best batsmen when it comes down to chasing down totals. No target seems to be safe when Kohli is batting and is the zone. He has the remarkable ability to pace his innings and find gaps in the field,and the uncanny ability to drag the team past the target all by himself.
His records when India are chasing down totals are astounding: 4408 runs at an average of 61.22 which includes 15 of his 25 centuries have come during chasing and only once has that century come in a losing cause.
He has the ability to soak in the pressure and get the job done and almost has it all figured out in his system. In Twenty20s, he has been beyond comparison and his average in successful chases is 122.83.
However, there are been instances when his inspired innings have not been enough to take his side home. These have been few and far in between, but we have picked 5 such instances when the ‘master of the chase’ has not been quite able to carry his team through.
123 vs New Zealand in Napier (India tour of New Zealand 2014)
Chasing 293 runs against New Zealand in Napier during the first ODI, Virat Kohli assumed centre stage and scored a sublime 12th century, and India was on course, but as soon as Kohli was dismissed at the score of 237, when he failed to keep a meek full toss outside off down, the Indian innings derailed, and they eventually fell short by 37 runs.
This is the only instance when a Virat Kohli century went in vain. A heroic effort indeed!