5 times where Virat Kohli’s Centuries were the winning cause
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, has produced numerous match winning centuries for India over the years. 32 out of his 45 international centuries have come in winning causes for India in both Tests and ODIs.
No one can deny that he is one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game of cricket. Although he is only halfway through his career, he has made a place for himself among the greats of the game. He has been scripting memorable performances ever since his debut in 2008.
Let us now have a look at the 5 times when Virat Kohli’s Centuries propelled India to memorable victories.
#5 100* vs Australia at Jaipur, 2nd ODI (D/N), Australia tour of India, Oct 16 2013
It was the second ODI of the 7-match series against Australia at home. Australia had produced another superb batting display on a beautiful batting track at Jaipur to post a total of 359/5 on the board.
India were left with the daunting task of chasing down a mammoth target of 360. The openers set the perfect platform for India, scoring 176 runs inside 26 overs. However, Shikhar Dhawan (95) departed and the ‘Chasemaster’, Virat Kohli, joined hands with Rohit Sharma in the middle.
India still required 184 runs to score in about 24 overs. It would have proved to be tough even for Rohit Sharma who looked well settled in the middle. However, Kohli made it look like an absolute cakewalk when he started bashing the Aussie bowlers all around the park from the very first ball.
Australia were taken by surprise and the skipper, George Bailey, didn't have any ploy to stop him. Kohli brought up his century in just 52 balls and the innings consisted of 8 fours and 7 scintillating sixes. Rohit Sharma hit the winning runs and remained unbeaten on 141 off 123 deliveries. However, it was Kohli’s innings that made the chase possible as India won by 9 wickets and 38 deliveries to spare.