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Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: A look at the captain's top five innings

Having played 702 international matches for India, Kohli has led his team to victory singlehandedly on many occasions.

Akash Khanna Akash Khanna
New Delhi Updated on: November 05, 2018 9:09 IST
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With 62 centuries in all formats combined, Kohli currently ranks fourth in the list of most hundred-scorers of all time.

India captain Virat Kohli turned 30-year-old on Monday. With numerous records to his name already, the Delhi-based batsman will set his sights on bigger achievements in the years to come.

Having played 702 international matches for India, Kohli has led his team to victory singlehandedly on many occasions. With 62 centuries in all formats combined, Kohli currently ranks fourth in the list of most hundred-scorers of all time.

On his 30th birthday, let's take a trip down the memory lane and recall some of his best knocks in international cricket:

243 vs Sri Lanka

Amid intolerable air pollution, Virat Kohli played one of his most memorable innings at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla in a Test match against Sri Lanka in December 2017. While many of his Sri Lankan counterparts appeared struggling despite wearing air masks, Kohli made no excuse and scored a 243-run knock in tough condition.

235 vs England

During England's tour of India in December 2016, Kohli played his best-Test knock against the daunting English side. He scored 235 runs off 340 runs with the help of 25 boundaries and a six and led India to a comprehensive innings-and-36-run win in the fourth Test. Riding on his brilliant form, India completed a 4-0 whitewash against England in the five-match Test series.

133* vs Sri Lanka

Kohli has made many big scores than 133 but this innings vs Sri Lanka was special as it was a do or die match for India to qualify for the finals of the triangular series against Sri Lanka and Australia. Lanka team posted the target of 320 runs and India had to reach it within 40 Overs to better the Net Run Rate. The master of chase Kohli step for the Indian team after the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and smashed Lanka strike bowler Lasith Malinga all over the park to win the match in just 37th over.

183 vs Pakistan

The King of Chasing big total Virat Kohli was on fire against the Arch rivals Pakistan in a do or die match to stayed alive in the tournament. Kohli smashed his highest ODI score of 183 runs against the Green army in just 148 balls. At one point in the game, Men in blue needed 169 off the last 25 overs but thanks to King Kohli they reached the target of 330 runs in 47.5 overs.

90* vs Australia

Like a boss, Kohli scored his career-best knock of 90 runs (not out) on the tour to Australia in January 2016. He graced his 55-ball knock with nine boundaries and two sixes and guided India to a 37-run win in the first T20I of the three-match series in Adelaide. Even though he missed out on his maiden T20I ton, he smashed three back-to-back fifties to help India register a 3-0 clean sweep against the Aussies in their own backyard.

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