Former India captain Virat Kohli is the true superstar of cricket and he has consistently performed brilliantly in all three formats of the game. After a prolonged poor form with the bat, Kohli slowly returned to form during Asia Cup 2022, which culminated in his 71st international hundred against Afghanistan.
Kohli has always performed brilliantly in ICC tournaments in his career, so everyone is expecting a similar performance from the talismanic scorer in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 as well.
Interestingly, Kohli also won the Player of the Tournament award in the 2014 and 2016 editions of the showpiece T20 event. In this article, we are going to look at Virat Kohli’s top three innings in the history of the T20 World Cup.
#1 82 vs Australia – T20 World Cup, 2016
Virat Kohli was in dream form in the T20 World Cup 2016. His best innings during the tournament was his unbeaten 81 against Australia in Mohali. It was very important for the Indian team to win that match to maintain their challenge in the tournament.
Chasing Australia’s target of 161 runs, India were 94/4 in 14 overs. When it seemed that the Australian team would easily win the match, Kohli gave the Indian team a thrilling victory with a firework of fours. The right-handed batter struck nine boundaries and two sixes during his innings of 82.
Also, this match will be remembered by all cricket lovers for the running between the wickets of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.
#2 78 vs Pakistan – T20 World Cup, 2012
Young Virat Kohli’s innings against Pakistan in the 2012 T20 World Cup was one of the best innings of that edition of the tournament. Chasing a target of 129 runs in a must-win match for India, Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for a duck.
However, Kohli remained unbeaten till the end and scored 78 runs off 61 balls, including eight fours and two sixes. Kohli’s knock was also appreciated by the entire cricket world and earned him respect.
# 72 vs South Africa – T20 World Cup, 2014
India reached the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time since 2007 due to Virat Kohli’s brilliant innings in the semi-final match against South Africa in the 2014 edition. His half-century against a strong South African bowling attack was truly special.
Chasing the target of 173 runs, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma gave the Indian team a great start. After Rohit’s dismissal, Kohli kept the pressure on the Proteas with a great partnership with Rahane.
After Rahane got out, Kohli launched a carnage against the opposition bowlers and gave the Indian team a brilliant victory. He remained unbeaten till the end and scored 72 runs off 44 balls, which is one of his best knocks in the T20 World Cup to date.