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Virat Kohli – The saviour of Indian cricket

Zia Rana July 24, 2012

India is depending a lot on their middle order thrilling batsman, Virat Kohli, as they feel comfortable and win the ODI where he scores heavily.

The Blue Shirts are currently visiting Sri Lanka, played the first ODI of the five match series on July 21, 2012, at Hambantota, Kohli scored 106 runs and the visitors won the match by 21 runs. The second match was played at the same venue on July 24, 2012, Kohli scored just one run and India lost that match by nine wickets.

They are depending a lot on the performance of the young gun, Kohli who has established himself as one of the most furious middle order batsmen in the cricket world. He has transformed himself into the back bone of the Blue Shirts and the entire team looks like depending on him.

Virat Kohli - Backbone of the India batting

Virat Kohli – Backbone of the India batting

The 23-year-old thrashed four tons in the last 10 One Day Internationals and India won all four. The Blue Shirts lost five matches and one ended in a tie when he was unable to smash a century. He is the vice captain of the national team and tries to deliver his best in every match. We will highlight all 10 previous matches played by Virat Kohli, his performance and the results as follows:

1-   Vs. Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval, on February 14, 2012.

Score

Sri Lanka  – 236 for 9 in 50 overs

India        –   236 for 9 in 50 overs

Virat Kohli – 15 runs.

Result – match tied

 

2-   Vs. Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, on February 19, 2012.

Scores

Australia – 288 for 5 in 50 overs

India – 178 all out in 43.3 overs

Kohli – 12 runs

Result – Australia won by 110 runs.

 

3-   Vs. Sri Lanka on February 21, 2012, at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane.

Scores

Sri Lanka – 289 for 6 in 50 overs

India         – 238 all out in 45.1 overs

Kohli – 66 runs

Result – Sri Lanka won by 51 runs.

 

4-   Vs. Australia on February 26, 2012, at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Scores

Australia – 252 for 9 in 50 overs

India        – 165 all out in 39.3 overs

Virat Kohli – 21 runs

Result – Australia won by 87 runs.

 

5-     Vs. Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, on February 28, 2012.

Scores

Sri Lanka – 320 for 4 in 50 overs.

India         – 321 for 3 in 36.4 overs

Kohli         – 133* off 86 balls with 2 sixes and 16 fours

Result     – India won by 7 wickets.

 

6-     Vs. Sri Lanka (Asia Cup) at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on March 13, 2012.

Scores

India         – 304 for 3 in 50 overs

Sri Lanka – 254 all out in 45.1 overs

Kohli        – 108 off 120 balls with 7 fours

Result      – India won by 50 runs.

 

7-   Vs. Bangladesh (Asia Cup) on March 16, 2012, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Scores

India               – 289 for 5 in 50 overs

Bangladesh     – 293 for 5 in 49.2 overs

Virat Kohli      – 66 runs

Result              – Bangladesh won by 5 wickets.

 

8-     Vs. Pakistan (Asia Cup) at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on March 18, 2012.

Scores

Pakistan – 329 for 6 in 50 overs

India       – 330 for 4 in 47.5 overs

Kohli      – 183 off 148 balls with 1 six and 22 fours

Result     – India won by 6 wickets

 

9-     Vs. Sri Lanka on July 21, 2012, at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.

Scores

Sri Lanka  – 314 for 6 in 50 overs

India          – 293 for 9 in 50 overs

Kohli         – 106 off 113 balls with 9 fours

Result        – India won by 21 runs.

 

10-Vs. Sri Lanka at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota

Scores

India         – 138 all out in 33.3 overs

Sri Lanka – 139 for 1 in 19.5 overs

Virat Kohli – 1 run

Result – Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets.

Virat Kohli is a fighter and never gets afraid of any type of bowling at any surface. He has played 87 ODIs, scored 3697 runs at an excellent average of 50.64, the best of 183 with 12 hundreds and 21 fifties.

Kohli will be the key player in achieving positive results for India in the future and that has been proved by his performance in the previous 10 ODIs played by him. His cheap dismissal in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on July 24, 2012, resulted in a big loss for India and the Indian captain MS Dhoni commented by saying,

“We lost too many wickets too quickly. After Virat fell, we failed to make a comeback. It was a disappointing day for us.”

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