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Virat Kohli’s 133* against Sri Lanka my favorite knock: Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli Sourav Ganguly
India’s Virat Kohli and former captain Saurav Ganguly. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has been the star of Indian batting especially in the limited-overs formats for the last few years now and has led the charge of the chase in innumerable games. Kohli has developed this inclination for closing the games for the team and thus he has emerged as one of the best chasers in limited-overs cricket. Most of his ODI centuries have come while batting second and we have seen him overhaul some crazy situations to take the team home.

In the first ODI between India and New Zealand at Dharamshala, the visitors had posted a mediocre total; India in their reply lost the openers early but then there was Virat standing between the Kiwis and a victory. He remained unbeaten on 85 in the chase of 191 runs. He played some glorious shots, the cover drives beat the fielders on its way to crash into the ropes. It was a riskless knock where he clearly opted against going aerial and hit just one big shot which was a six to finish off the chase and take the team home.

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Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly when asked to pick Kohli’s best knock, said it will be really difficult because the Test captain has played so many quality knocks. “He’s got so many hundreds and most have come in match-winning situations. It’s tough for me to pick one. When you get 25 ODI hundreds it is very difficult to remember all of them but I think the one in Hobart against Sri Lanka was a special innings,” Ganguly was quoted by India Today.

“I saw that innings in 2013 when he was still a young batsman, it was masterful. The way he hit Lasith Malinga and the way he treated Malinga since then, he looked a completely different bowler when Virat was at the crease.

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“He’s such a special one-day player and the amount of runs he has scored overseas in tough conditions is unreal. As I said when you get 25 tons it’s very difficult to count them in 1 and 10 in order but for me what stands out is that all those hundreds have made India win cricket matches so that’s why they are special,” the CAB president concluded saying.

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