For a player like Virat Kohli, whose career is laced with too many awe-inspiring knocks, against every notable opposition, the most tedious task would be to pick his best knock that clearly stands out among the rest.
Unlike most of the subcontinental batsmen, Kohli is no one-trick pony who will carry vicious assault on flat tracks and falter at green tracks. He is the man who rises to the occasion, irrespective of opposition, grounds and circumstances.
Whether it was his coming-of-age century in Hobart or a serene and sedate 107 against Pakistan in 2015 World Cup, Kohli has displayed an immense spectrum of batting adeptness and situational adaptability, which makes him one of the most versatile cricketers of the game.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who played with Kohli in the twilight of his career, recently picked an innings which he thinks is one of the best ever to be played by Kohli.
Kohli’s career-best 183 that he scored against arch-rival Pakistan still remains one of the best innings from the current Indian skipper, according to Gambhir.
“Virat Kohli has played many unbelievable innings across the three formats, but this is one of his greatest innings from all points of view,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
“First of all, we were chasing 330, then India was 0/1, and then scoring 183 out of the 330 runs, that too against Pakistan, and that time, he was not that experienced too. According to me, I think probably this is one of Virat Kohli’s greatest innings, honestly,” he added.
Batting first, Pakistan put on a dominant batting performance that saw them piling a massive 329 in 50 overs, courtesy an impressive century from Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed.
India couldn’t have imagined the worst start as they lost opener Gambhir for a two-ball duck. However, what transpired after that was a remarkable partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli to keep the hopes of victory afloat for Team India.
Kohli decided to take things in his own hand after Tendulkar’s dismissal and steered India to an improbable victory with his 183-runs knock.