Virat Kohli is one of the greatest cricketers of all time and is widely regarded as the best batsman in the world. He has played numerous memorable innings across all game formats, but his performances in T20Is stand out in particular. In this article, we will rank his three best knocks in T20Is.
94* (50) vs West Indies, 2019
At number three is Kohli’s 94* (50) against the West Indies in 2019. This inning was played in Hyderabad and is still Kohli’s highest score in T20I cricket. However, what made this inning even more remarkable was that Kohli started slowly, scoring only 20 runs off the first 20 balls he faced.
However, as the pressure mounted and the required run rate climbed, Kohli kicked into gear and played some of the most breathtaking shots you will ever see. He finished with 94* off just 50 balls, hitting six fours and as many sixes. This inning showcased Kohli’s mental toughness and ability to perform under pressure.
82* (51) vs Australia, 20-20 World Cup 2016
At number two is Kohli’s 82* (51) against Australia in Mohali in 2016. This inning was played in a crucial 20- 20 World Cup match and is regarded as one of the most excellent T20I innings ever. Chasing 161 to win, India was in trouble early on, but Kohli played a masterful inning, timing his run chase to perfection. He took 19 runs off the 18th over from James Faulkner and 16 off Nathan Coulter-Nile, finishing with 82* off just 51 balls. Kohli’s ability to chase down any total is legendary, and this inning was a testament to that fact.
82* (51) vs Pakistan, 20-20 World Cup 2022
At number one is Kohli’s 82* in the 2022 T20 World Cup match against Pakistan. This inning was played in a high-pressure match against India’s arch-rivals, and Kohli delivered when it mattered most. India was in trouble early on, losing three wickets for just 31 runs, but Kohli held the fort and exploded in the final overs. His shot off Haris Rauf with 28 needed off eight balls is etched in history. Kohli finished with 82* off just 51 balls, hitting six fours and three sixes. This inning was particularly sweet for Kohli, given his struggles in the previous two years.