Best 5 knocks of Kohli: The mind-blowing stats that demonstrate Kohli's greatness
As of the right moment, Virat Kohli is the only player in the world (behind legendary New Zealander Ross Taylor) to have represented his nation of India in 100 matches across all three formats.
We look back at five of Kohli's best innings in the shortest format as he celebrates this remarkable accomplishment.
82* (53) v Pakistan, T20WC 2022
Virat Kohli once again cemented his reputation as one of the game's all-time greats after another last-ditch effort to save his nation, hitting 82* from 53 in a nearly faultless performance against Pakistan in the Super 12 Clash at the T20 World Cup 2022.
Cricket fans were speechless when it came to Kohli's timing, both with the bat and in the swiftness of the chase. The performance in front of 90,000 spectators at the MCG is unmatched by any superlative from previous innings, and the man himself keeps venturing into an unexplored area, even for himself.
94* (50) v West Indies (2019)
The 94* against West Indies is still Kohli's highest score in T20I cricket but if one were to go back to the start of his innings in Hyderabad, it didn't seem like it would end up being so.
Chasing 208 for the win, Kohli was going at a run-a-ball 20 at the halfway stage when India needed another 119 runs to win. Virat launched an onslaught in the second half of the innings, getting to his 50 in style with a maximum. He took a special liking to the bowling of Williams, who he smashed for three sixes and a four
82* (51) v Australia, Mohali, T20WC 2016
The only knock perhaps to rival the Melbourne heroics, was Kohli’s efforts in a crucial 2016 T20 World Cup match that hammered in the point of Kohli’s chasing prowess.
Taking on Australia in a quarter-final, India was set 161 for victory, with the required rate in the chase climbing over 10, and eventually close to 12 with four overs left. Kohli timed his run to perfection though, taking 19 runs off the 18th over from James Faulkner, and 16 from Nathan Coulter-Nile.
55* (37) v Pakistan, Kolkata, T20WC 2016
The pressure to keep the 2016 season under their control was put squarely on the shoulders of the batting group as rain lashed down at Eden Gardens, tilting the surface in the middle toward bowlers taking the upper hand.
When Pakistan bowled 18 overs, Kohli took everything in, despite the contest being hampered by bad conditions. The best score from the opposition came from Shoaib Malik (16), and Yuvraj's 24 kept Kohli company. India went on to complete the victory with 13 balls remaining.
72* (44) v South Africa, Mirpur, T20WC 2014
Another tight game, another successful chase by Virat Kohli.
If one were to point to a specific inning where Kohli earned the title of Chase Master in the shortest format, it would be his performance against South Africa in the T20 World Cup semifinal in Dhaka.
The run was an example of how to pace your innings in a chase. Kohli swiftly changed gears to make sure the squad wasn't overwhelmed by the pressure of chasing in the semi-final when India required 93 off the final 10.