T20 World Cup

T20 World Cup and Virat Kohli have a different relationship. Virat Kohli has been the “Poster Boy of Indian Cricket” for a long time. Ever since he took over the captaincy in the year 2014, he became a different player. The outlook of the media, the people, and the players as well changed. Virat since then has become “The Modern-Day Master”. Over the years, Virat has played some terrific knocks in the ICC T20 World Cup. These scores have often come while the team has been under pressure. Here is a look at those performances: 

1) India VS West Indies 2016, T20 World Cup Semi-Finals: 

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A dejected Virat after giving it his all. IMG SRC: ESPNCricInfo

89* runs off 47 balls. 

So, the India VS West Indies 2016 game did not give results in the favor of India but Virat Kohli’s knock of 89 runs was a class apart. He took on the opposition. He batted deep. Kohli took the likes of Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell for over 11 runs an over. This speaks volumes of the impact that his knock made. While other batters were scoring at the strike rate of 130, Kohli was belting the Caribbean bowlers at 189! This game was played at the Wankhede Stadium, the “Mecca of Indian Cricket”.  

2) India VS Australia 2016, Virtual Quarter-Final, T20 World Cup Group Stage: 

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One of the most iconic images of Modern Day Cricket. IMG SRC: ESPNCricInfo

82* runs of 51 balls. 

This game played at Mohali has a special place in the heart of every cricket fan. Virat Kohli single-handedly tore apart the Australian bowling lineup. While other batters, except Yuvi, were struggling to time the ball, Virat played an exquisite knock of 82 runs. He took the likes of Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, and Coulter-Nile to the cleaners. This game was a virtual quarter-final for the Indian team. If India lost the game, they would have been knocked out. Virat ensured that his team got through. He, calls this knock one of his best.  

3) India VS South Africa 2014, T20 World Cup 2014 Semi-Finals: 

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72* runs of 44 balls. 

This is a game due to which Virat earned his title of Virat “Chase Master” Kohli. He made a mockery of the score given to him and smoothly batted on a difficult wicket. All the batters including the likes of Du Plessis, De Villers, and Rohit Sharma struggled on this wicket to get the correct timing but Virat did not. He scored off the bowling of Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell. And this happens to be a prime Dale Steyn who was bowling at 150 clicks. His cover drives and on-drives looked a class apart. He took India to the final.  

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