Top 5 innings by Virat Kohli in a chase
In the simplest of words, Graphite and Diamonds are both carbon but a diamond is far more valuable than graphite and that’s because the diamond has to withstand years of intense pressure. Virat Kohli is like a diamond. He’s so valuable to the Indian team because of his ability to thrive under pressure.
Kohli’s composure in a run chase is second to none. After England set a world record score of 481 runs against the Aussies, Herschelle Gibbs tweeted that he would love to have seen Virat Kohli in the chase. Such is the expectation people place on the Indian captain.
In the second ODI at the Adelaide, Virat Kohli scored his 24th century in a run chase and incredibly, India has won 21 of those chases. Although Kohli couldn’t see out the match, it was up there among his best knocks in a run chase. However, was it good enough to make his top 5 innings in a chase?
Note - The list only features international matches.
#5. 100 off 52 balls vs Australia, Jaipur, 2013
Australia is one of Kohli’s favourite oppositions. He has scored six of his 39 ODI centuries against them and five of them were in chases. The second century he scored against Australia was a record-breaking one.
The Aussies set India a target of 359 with their first five batsmen scoring fifties. In reply, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a fantastic start and by the time Dhawan was dismissed in the first ball of the 26th over after scoring 95 off 86 balls, India had 176 runs on the board.
India had the time to comfortably chase the total down but Kohli wanted to go to bed early that night. Under the lights in Jaipur, he clobbered the Australian bowlers for eight fours and seven sixes.
He played only 52 balls and scored the fastest century by an Indian batsman surpassing Virender Sehwag’s record of a 60-ball ton against New Zealand from 2009.
India chased down the total with 39 balls to spare but Kohli was not named the man of the match. It was instead given to Rohit Sharma who scored 141 off 123 balls.