In the very early career, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli became undoubtedly one of the greatest cricketers in international arena. He saved Indian team with his batting on numerous occasions. He has a never give up attitude which leads him to successful cricket career. But some innings were very special as he carried almost the whole Indian batting line-up on his shoulders. Though he got support from the other fellow batsmen in these matches, but he did the main effective job.
These top 5 innings are briefly described in the following:
5) 128* vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (RPS) (31st July 2012, ODI series): It was the 4th match between India vs Sri Lanka in 5-match ODI series at Colombo (RPS), Sri Lanka in 2012. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat first and made 251/8 in 50 overs. While chasing, Indian top–order departed early, except Virat Kohli. He scored 128 runs in that match and remained unbeaten at the end. For the 5th wicket, Kohli put an unbeaten 146 runs partnership with Suresh Raina (58*). India won the match easily by 6 wickets with 46 balls still remaining, but the Kohli’s innings made the team chase the total easily. If Kohli had departed early like the other top-order batsmen, India would have faced more trouble to chase that total. With that win, India secured the ODI series with one match still in hand.
4) 55* vs Pakistan at Kolkata (19th March 2016, WT20): It was a recent match in WT20 2016. India played against Pakistan in the Super 10 stage (Group 2) of WT20 2016 at Kolkata. In the rain-interrupted 18-overs a side match, India chose to field first. Pakistan put a score of 118/5 in 18 overs, which was not an easy target for India as the pitch was spin-friendly. In reply, India was in a trouble at one stage when they were 23/3 in 4.4 overs. But then Virat Kohli guided his national team very well into the win as India got the victory by 6 wickets with 13 balls remaining (15.5 overs/18 overs). Kohli scored unbeaten 55 runs in 37 balls and made the game for India.
3) 133* vs Sri Lanka at Hobart (28th February 2012, Commonwealth Bank Series [Tri-nation]): It was the very important match between India and Sri Lanka at Hobart in the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Tri-nation Series in Australia. India had to win that match with a bonus point to stay alive in the tournament. After winning the toss, India decided to bowl first. Sri Lanka put 321/4 on the board in 50 overs, which India needed to chase in 40 overs to earn a bonus point. In that game, Indian top-order batsmen started well but failed to capitalize on further. At that time, Virat Kohli again came as a survivor of his team as he played an impressive 133* runs knock in just 86 balls and India chased that mammoth total in 36.4 overs after losing 3 wickets. However, India failed to qualify for the final of that tournament, but India remained in the fight with that win till the end of the round-robin matches.
2) 183 vs Pakistan at Dhaka (18th March 2012, Asia Cup): It was the almost similar situation like India vs Sri Lanka in Hobart earlier (the no.3 match in this article). It was the India vs Pakistan match in Asia Cup 2012 at Dhaka. India needed to win that match to stay alive in that competition. After winning the toss, Pakistan decided to bat first and put a big total of 329/6 in 50 overs. In reply, Virat Kohli came into the crease after India lost their first wicket on just the third ball of their innings. After that, Virat Kohli played a long innings of 183 runs in just 148 balls while other batsmen gave support. However, Kohli was dismissed before reaching that target but he also got India in a position where India would not lose the game. India chased that total successfully in 47.5 overs after losing just 4 wickets which made sure India was still alive in that tournament. However, like the earlier Commonwealth Bank Series, India failed to qualify for the final at the end.
1) 82* vs Australia at Mohali (27th March 2016, WT20): It was a crucial match in the Super 10 stage (Group 2) of WT20 2016 between India and Australia, where the winner of the match would qualify for the semi-final of the tournament. After winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first on the Mohali pitch. Australia scored a challenging total of 160/6 in 20 overs. In reply, Indian batsmen were struggling against the Australian bowlers except Virat Kohli. Kohli played very sensible and mature innings of unbeaten 82 runs in 51 balls and drove Indian team to a win. India won that match by 6 wickets with 5 balls to spare and booked their berth into the semi-final of that tournament.