Virat Kohli Birthday: The former skipper of team India is known as the chase master for a reason. He has done it so many times over the years that you can’t count them on the fingers. Whenever the Blues needed him, he was there.
On Virat Kohli birthday let’s take a look at his 5 greatest innings in the ICC ODI World Cup tournaments so far. A few of these innings will take you back the memory lane and remind you of how great he is.
The First Century
Who can forget their first World Cup century? For Virat, it came in his debut World Cup match against Bangladesh in 2011. It was a testament that a new star had arrived on the scene and everyone needed to be careful of him.
What was a warning back in 2011 became a prediction in 2023 as Kohli is leading almost every batting chart in 2023. He has become one of the best batsmen of all time and this century was the first trailer of that.
Resilience Against The Aussies
There have been two innings by Virat Kohli against the Aussies in the World Cup history that revived India from the dead. We are mentioning the latest first as it is still fresh in your mind. It was the first match of Men In Blues in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against the mighty Aussies.
After dismissing them only on 199, the Indian upper order shattered as the first three batsmen departed for only 3 runs. That is when Virat Kohli alongside KL Rahul came to the rescue and saved the team from a shameful defeat.
Kohli made a gritty 85 runs and stabilized the innings for the Indian team. KL Rahul finished the match for India and Kohli once again became the nightmare for Aussies that he is famous for.
The Nightmare Of Australia
Let’s get both of these innings out of the way. The 2019 World Cup group stage was a smooth sail for India. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli were in the form of their lives.
Rohit Sharma scored a half-century while Shikhar Dhawan made a brilliant century in this match. Kohli was just as good as them and scored 82 runs in just 77 deliveries. All three of these set the tone for the Indian team as they trampled on the Aussie side.
Pakistan Sent Back Home
At the 2019 World Cup, Virat Kohli was India’s captain, but it was Rohit Sharma, who stole the show with his second of five centuries in that tournament. The skipper supported him brilliantly with a well-made 77 on the board.
The Indian team reached 336/5 because of these two and India celebrated a 7-0 streak over their arch-rivals.
The Best Of All
Let’s just say that Virat Kohli brings his best against Pakistan and there is no better occasion to remember the best than Virat Kohli birthday. Kohli has scored 3 centuries in World Cup so far and his highest score is 107 against Pakistan.
Once again, Kohli became the nightmare for Pakistan as he thrashed them first with Dhawan and then with Suresh Raina. Helping India to reach 300/7 and increasing their streak to 6-0 in the process.