We all know that Virat Kohli is particularly good when he plays against Pakistan in T20Is. But let’s refresh the memory and recall his best knocks that have gone down in the history of the competition, also because the last significant match was so recent!
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Let’s start our time travel from 2012.
78* in the 2012 T20 World Cup
This time Kohli faced Pakistan for the first time. And his performance was outstanding. It was he who led India to 129 runs, of which Kohli scored 78 runs.
55* in the 2016 T20 World Cup
Mohammed Amir’s opening wrecked India’s top-order. India unexpectedly found themselves in trouble as circumstances seemed to favor the seam bowlers.
But here Kohli acted unnaturally: though his game is always perfect, this time he was even better than him. Perhaps the unusual situation motivated him, or he was in his perfect form and mood that day. Who knows! The 34-year-old ended the match by giving his signature salute to Sachin Tendulkar, who was warmly praising the Indian batsman from the stands.
49 in Asia Cup 2016
Pakistan continued the pattern of making the most of its bowling resources and local rivals ensured that MS Dhoni’s team faced a tough task even at 84 runs in the Asia Cup 2016. The storm of Amir and Mohammed Sami was ably weathered by Kohli as he waited and scored a cautious 49 on a very difficult surface. In a crucial 68-run partnership with Yuvraj Singh, he contributed mostly to India’s victory in the match.
60 in Asia Cup 2022
This year, Kohli missed the team’s trips to the Caribbean and Zimbabwe because he had taken a month off from cricket. In fact, Kohli has never experienced a slump as severe as the one he suffered before the current Asia Cup. Because of it, there were calls to drop him from the T20I squad, but after three consecutive innings of excellence, he reasserted his place in the setup.
Though his 60-run innings on September 4 weren’t the most fluent of his career, they undoubtedly helped India successfully recover from a setback in the middle overs. He provided the perfect foundation for the innings and reached his half-century with a superb six over midwicket, raising expectations that he’d gradually return to his natural rhythm.
Despite the defeat, India will be greatly encouraged by Kohli’s performance against Pakistan. After all, India’s hopes of winning the T20 World Cup next month depend heavily on his performance. Of course, we’ll publish all the important details about the athlete’s upcoming events. Please, write to us what you think about the article.
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