An unbeaten 82 off 53 from Virat Kohli guided India to a last-ball win over Pakistan in front of 96,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.
A host of India greats took to Twitter immediately after the match to praise Kohli for powering his team to an unthinkable victory.
.@imVkohli, it was undoubtedly the best innings of your life. It was a treat to watch you play, the six off the back foot in the 19th over against Rauf over long on was spectacular! 😮
Keep it going. 👍 #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FakWPrStMg
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 23, 2022
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! @imVkohli, what a terrific display of skills and temperament! That partnership with @hardikpandya7 changed the game. Spectacular win for India against the arch-rivals, Pakistan. Great start to the World Cup campaign. Well done #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/2TJoW0PsLw
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 23, 2022
What an amazing game.High on emotions, but this is
probably the most brilliant T20 Innings i have ever seen, take a bow Virat Kohli . Chak De India #IndvsPak pic.twitter.com/3TwVbYscpa
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 23, 2022
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) October 23, 2022
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 23, 2022
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) October 23, 2022
Virat Kohli you are the king 👑
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 23, 2022
What a thrilling encounter, undoubtedly this will be Virat Kohli's greatest knock in the limited overs format. Go for glory and win the silverware. #T20WorldCup @imVkohli #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/XUkKxzMbxM
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) October 23, 2022
But it was not just ex-Team India players who appreciated Kohli, his many former foes on the field and current international superstars also lauded him for the majestic knock.
Virat, that was incredibly special my friend! The best of the best👏
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) October 23, 2022
– What a Game of cricket we've just witnessed & this guy Virat Kohli is absolutely a Beast!!
You can not compare his class to any other player in the world in white ball cricket. He can anchor, he rotates the strike, he can hit sixes and he knows how to finish the Game! pic.twitter.com/Ed349p0840
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) October 23, 2022
This is why I love this sport ❤️
What an exciting game of cricket between two great teams 🙌
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) October 23, 2022
That was incredible entertainment 🏏#INDvPAK Pakistan won’t believe they’ve lost that but that was pretty special finishing from Kohli & India. MCG looked some atmosphere 🏟️
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 23, 2022
Even cricketer-turned-commentators around the world showered praise for the 33-year-old batter.
Virat Kohli well and truly back to his best.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 23, 2022
One of the most exciting matches in recent times. Master class by Kohli. This is why we love cricket.
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) October 23, 2022
Ok, just walked home from the MCG. Have lost my voice, am drain from emotional roller coaster 🎢 of that match, yet so pumped. @imVkohli was unbelievable out there. Only he could have won the game for 🇮🇳 #INDvPAK #T20WorldCup
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 23, 2022
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 23, 2022
‘This is my best innings’
“It is a surreal atmosphere. I have no idea how it happened. Hardik kept telling me keeping believing. I am lost for words. I think when Shaheen bowled, I told Hardik, let’s get him down. I was kind of pumping myself up in the death overs. Standing here feels like it was meant to be. This is my best innings. I will count this innings higher than Mohali one. The crowd has been phenomenal. You guys have supported me and shown so much love. I am very grateful for such support,” said Kohli after the epic run-chase versus Pakistan in Melbourne.