Back in 2012, 23-year-old smashed his highest ODI score of 183, against Pakistan. Yes, here we are talking about a very famous name in the world of cricket of today’s era, Virat Kohli.
Before 2012 match also there were innings where Kohli had shown he was an exceptional talent, but in Dhaka on March 18, all saw the birth of the Chase Master.
India pulled of a thrilling victory with 13 balls remaining, chasing a daunting total of 330, spare thanks to Kohli, who notched up his third one-day century in last four matches.
As surpassed their previous highest successful run chase of 326/8 in 2002 against England, Rohit Sharma (68) and Sachin Tendulkar (52) also chipped in.
While Tendulkar and Sharma clobbered the Pakistani bowlers, with each hitting five fours and a six, Kohli belted 22 boundaries and one six.
Not only this, but the 23-year-old also shared a 133-run second-wicket partnership with Tendulkar where both the players managed to produce a flurry of boundaries to ensure India was on top of the required run rate.
Turns out, along with endless no. Of Indians, the dazzing batting display is fond memory for the Indian Captain himself.
Kohli revealed the challenging circumstances under which he got this hundred and why it remains a special memory to date, India off-spinner R. Ashwin said on his Instagram live.
“Somethings are just meant to him. I remember Sachin and Sehwag had a great partnership and then Gautam Gambhir and I had one, ” Kohli recalled.
“Raina came into change the momentum. In condition that were not ours, although the pitch was good, I understood my game better. I realized a lot about my own game. I can have the belief of staying in the moment when things are tough.
But this was the same game, where India wasn’t exactly on top of fielding as in one particular incident Kohli and Rohit collided against each other at the deep mid-wicket, upsetting the skipper M.S Dhoni.
“M.S wasn’t too happy about it. We were chasing 330 then we messed up a bit. We gave 3 away with that poor mistake. My right side of the head hit his shoulder,” Kohli laughed. And, incidentally the bowler was R Ashwin
Kohli, getting back to knock said, “The Pakistan bowling attack was quite potent. They were challenging because of the variation they had – Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aziz Cheema, Wahab Riaz, Mohd Hafeez. Ajmal was particularly dangerous as he was it his peak back then.”
“It was quite a strong attack and in Bangladesh, the pitches are dry early and on then the drew settles in as the sunsets. So for the first 20 overs, it was in their favour. But I was happy batting next to Sachin, (which incidentally was the master blasters last ODI),” Kohli reminded before adding, “The chase was tough and Ajmal was indeed at his peak.”
“But before that game, India had played a T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. There was a warm up game and I got 75 against them. In that match, I had told myself that I will play him as a leg spinner. Because his doosra was quite difficult to face and his off-spinner was not that lethal. So I decided to hit him over covers consistently and it just paid off.
“As soon I negated his doosra then the potency of his threat reduced. Even in that game I scored most of my runs against him through the off-site and kept doing it even against the turn. My only aim was to make him feel unsettled with his doosra and only then I am at the top of my game.”