The run-machine Virat Kohli has played several match-winning innings for India at different platforms. His 2016 T20 World Cup innings against Australia is widely appreciated and famous. But the former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has named Virat Kohli’s 183 runs knock against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012 as the greatest innings of his career.
With the openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed’s centuries, the Green Army had given 330 runs target to India in Dhaka. In reply, India lost the wicket of Gambhir for a duck but Virat Kohli played the eye-popping innings. He set up crucial century partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma and scored unbeaten 183 runs off just 148 balls, with 22 fours and one six, to guide India to a crucial six-wicket win.
Gambhir, who was the eye-witness of that match, has regarded Virat’s innings against the attacking Pakistan bowling unit as the greatest knock.
“Kohli has played many unbelievable innings across the three formats, but this (183) is one of his greatest innings from all points of view,” Gambhir said.
“First of all we were chasing 330, then India was 0/1, and then scoring 183 out of the 330 runs, that too against Pakistan, and that time, he was not that experienced too,” said Gambhir on “Best of Asia Cup watch along” show on Star Sports.
In that match, Pakistan had an experienced bowling attack comprising Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz.
Talking about the tournament, India could not qualify for the final eventually Pakistan lifted the trophy of Asia cup after defeating Bangladesh in the final. Nonetheless, India has the most number of trophies of Asia Cup, winning seven times and the last one being in 2018.