Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: India skipper and arguably the best ever batsman in the world, Virat Kohli turns 32 today. An aggressive boy from Delhi is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. Virat Kohli, who debuted in 2008, after leading the India Under-19 team to World Cup victory, since then he proved himself as one of the modern-day great cricketers on the back of consistent performances and his chasing abilities in all three formats of the game. Over the years, Kohli has produced some memorable innings at any number, especially while chasing. Let's revisit the top five unforgettable knocks that prove him a class act on his very special day.
Over the last decade, no one batsman has climbed higher or gained more reputation than Virat Kohli, the current captain of the Indian team. Due to his temperament and class, Kohli is in the all-time great' list of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni, two cricketers with the biggest fan base in India.
Among all Indian batsmen, Virat Kohli has the best ever Test, ODI and T20I rating with 937, 911 and 897 points respectively. According to the latest Rankings listed by ICC, Indian team skipper and Run Machine - Virat Kohli retains his top spot in the ICC Men's ODI Ranking along with 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma, who is currently at no. 2 spot.
Also, Kohli hits 42 hundred, is next only to the 'God of Cricket' Sachin Tendulkar in terms of leading century-makers in ODIs and holds the record for being the fastest batsman to reach 8000, 9000, 10000 and 11000 runs in ODIs as well.
On the occasion of Kohli’s 32nd birthday, we take a recap of the five most unforgettable knocks played by him in his career, which established him as a 'King of Cricket.
1. Asia Cup prolific (183 vs Pakistan, 2012)
The most consistent batsmen Virat Kohli was playing his second Asia Cup tournament, posted a match-winning century against Pakistan in Dhaka. As Pakistan posting a mammoth target of 329/6 for India and the team losing their opener Gautam Gambhir for a golden duck, then came Kohli and took a rather decent Pakistan pace attack and hammers all around the park. Kohli played his career-best knock of 183 runs with 22 fours and a massive six due to which India chase down the target earlier set by Pakistan inside 48 overs.
3. A splendid knock (140 vs England) in Birmingham, 2018
After the horrible tour of England back in 2014, where Kohli had just managed a poor average of 13.50, Kohli gave himself the best chance when he led India to the English country four years later. Virat Kohli led from the front and ended the five-Test series by scoring 593 runs with an average of 59.30. In the first Test of the series, Kohli batted handsomely and scored a brilliant 149 - while no other Indian batsmen could go past 30-run mark. In the 3rd Test, Kohli hammers 97 and 103, and even though India lost the series by 1-4. But King Kohli was able to bury the ghosts of his shocking innings.
3. An unforgettable inning (133* vs Sri Lanka, 2012)
Despite having scored 8 centuries - the highest against Sri Lanka, now this time the Hobart was under the pump during the 2012 series where Virat Kohli has proven himself strongly. Kohli played the innings of a lifetime. Kohli assaulted an unbeaten 133 off just 86 balls and guided India in a massive run-chase of 321 runs in less than 37 overs. His destroy the Sri Lankan veteran pacer Lasith Malinga and took 24 runs of Malinga's one over, we can't forget this most dominating batting performance seen against him by any batsmen.
4. An eye-catching (107 vs Pakistan, 2015 World Cup)
In ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score a century against Pakistan in the World Cup. With his superb ton, India managed to post 300/6 on the scoreboard and thanks to Kohli's brilliant knock of 107 in the league stage of the tournament. While chasing a mammoth total, Pakistan could only manage 224 runs.
5. A fine hundred (100 vs Australia, 2013)
India stunned Australia to register their best-ever run-chase in One-Day-Internationals(ODI). The victory came on the back of King Kohli's 100-run inning off just 52 balls - the fastest by an Indian cricketer in the ODI's. Chasing a stiff total, India needed 184 runs in 24 overs when Kohli came out to bat. The team chased down the total quite easily in the end with 6.3 overs to spare.