Virat Kohli is easily the most precious wicket for any opposition that is playing against India. Kohli, the one who wears his heart on his sleeves, is surprisingly ice-cool when it comes to high-pressure situations. The big match player knows how to soak the tough times and has the precision of a needle when it comes to timing the chases.
A look at Kohli’s numbers show he is the world’s best chaser in ODIs as well as in T20Is and his exploits have made chasing his signature. The stylish right-handed batsman holds the record for most half-centuries in T20Is. However, that is not the only reason why he is so highly regarded. The man who has a Bradmanesque average of over 50 in T20s plays pure cricketing shots.
His stats are even more staggering at ICC World T20 events. He won the Player of the Tournament award in the last two editions at Bangladesh (2014) and India (2016).
Captain Virat Kohli led from the front with an unbeaten 72 as India eased to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second match of their T20I series.
After Sunday’s opener in Dharamsala was washed out, the home team did well with the ball to restrict the Proteas to 149-5, Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 52.
Not for the first time in his career, Kohli timed the chase superbly, keeping the run-rate under control before accelerating late on to see his team cruise over the line in Mohali with six balls to spare.
His 22nd score of 50 or more for India in the T20 format saw him move past team-mate Rohit Sharma.
Shikhar Dhawan contributed 40 before falling to a sensational catch in the deep by David Miller, the fielder at long on motoring to his right before clinging onto the ball with one hand as he put in a full-length dive.
Still, the stunning piece of fielding, plus the dismissal Rishabh Pant (4), failed to inspire South Africa, with the masterful Kohli, whose innings spanned 52 deliveries, seeing India to their target.
India manage to go 1 up in the series with utter ease and Virat Kohli yet another chase.