5 times Virat Kohli has proven he is the king of run chases

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Virat Kohli, India’s captain, is already a legend in the sport. The 32-year-old has set record after record, and the meteoric rise of a brash youngster from the U-19 World Cup team to the pinnacle that Kohli has reached is mind-boggling.

As a result, it’s no surprise that he was named both the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade and the ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade.

Virat Kohli has been a part of several competitive run chases for the Indian team, in which he has either anchored or exploded depending on the situation to lead his team to victory.

We look at five examples of Kohli mastering and acing a run-chase for India.

Despite the fact that there are many knocks to choose from, these are the five that stand out.

82* (51) versus Australia, Mohali, World T20 2016

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While Virat Kohli is best known for his ODI run-chase ability, his T20I record is equally impressive.

India had to chase 161 in the second innings in a critical group match against Australia.
However, India only managed 37 runs in six overs due to a poor performance in the Powerplay.

After that, Kohl’s partnership with Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni kept the scoreboard ticking, bringing their team to victory.

Kohli was at his ruthless best, stripping James Faulkner of his wicket and ensuring India won with 5 balls to spare.

100 (52) versus Australia, Jaipur, 2013

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Virat Kohli is known for taking his time and starting slowly before exploding.

In an ODI against Australia in Jaipur in 2013, however, the target was a mammoth 359, and he didn’t have time to settle in.

Before Kohli joined the team, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had given India a great start.

Kohli reached his century in just 52 deliveries, breaking Virender Sehwag’s record for the fastest century.

115* (66) versus Australia, Nagpur, 2013

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In 2013, Virat Kohli’s most famous knocks were against Australia.

India were staring down the barrel in what was a must-win match in the series to keep it alive, as the goal was a massive 351.

When Kohli walked in to bat with 173 runs required, India needed more than 8 runs per over.

Kohli smashed 115 runs in just 66 balls to totally demolish Australia’s attack and lead India to victory.

183 (148) versus Pakistan, Dhaka, Asia Cup 2012

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The Asia Cup encounter between India and Pakistan in 2012 is known for being Sachin Tendulkar’s last ever ODI.

India got off to a bad start after losing Gautam Gambhir, but Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar put together excellent partnerships to bring India close to the goal.

All of the Indian batsmen were second fiddle to Kohli, who crafted a world-class innings to guide India to victory, scoring 183 off 148 balls.

133* (86) versus Sri Lanka, Hobart, CB Series 2012

In the Powerplay, India lost both Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, and their hopes were dashes.

Virat Kohli, on the other hand, demonstrated his prowess by going all out against the Sri Lankan bowlers.

In a masterclass in batting from Kohli, who steered India home with 133* off 86 balls, it was Lasith Malinga who took a thrashing.

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