5 underrated knocks of Virat Kohli in ODIs
Outstanding, out-of-the-world, splendid, magnificent, and a host of other words- You must have often heard commentators use an endless list of adjectives to shower their praises on the current poster boy of Indian cricket, Virat Kohli.
The current master of the ODI format, Virat Kohli has played a number of wonderful knocks in 50 over games under extremely challenging conditions and he did earn a lot of laurels for that.
But besides those memorable knocks, he too has played some crucial knocks for India for which didn’t quite get the adulation it deserved. Overshadowed by the impact of his famous knocks, some of these little but crucial contributions remained firmly behind the curtains.
Here is a list of 5 underrated knocks of Virat Kohli in which remained largely unnoticed.
5) 79 against West Indies in the ICC Champions Trophy 2009
Virat Kohli, playing in his first big tournament for the men in blue, showed glimpses of his class during his knock of 79 against West Indies in their final group game.
For any young Indian batsman, playing on the tracks of the cricket grounds in South Africa poses a lot of challenges because of the pace and bounce. Though the potency of the West Indies bowling line-up can be questioned, no one can deny the fact that the conducive bowling conditions can sometimes make a pale bowling side look extremely formidable.
Chasing a paltry total of 130, India lost 2 quick wickets for only 12 runs on the board and needed someone to hold the innings together.
Keeping his composure, Kohli delivered the goods as he remained unbeaten to get India home. He was also awarded the Man of the Match award in that game but under several of his remarkable achievements, trampled was this gem which he dished out at a very young age.