On 27th March 2016, Virat Kohli produced arguably his greatest performance in a T20I game, smashing an unbeaten 82 to guide India to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup.
In an interview with us post the quarter-final of the 2016 T20 World Cup, Shane Warne told us that Virat Kohli’s innings reminded him of his good friend Sachin Tendulkar, where the innings ‘came from nowhere, and at the end of the day, it didn’t matter who was bowling, he kept smashing him’.
We couldn’t agree more!
Kohli was in a different dimension on the day. His half-century came in 39 balls, and the next 32 runs off just 12 balls. He unleashed a scathing attack in the 17th over, smashing James Faulkner for 14 in the first three balls. With the form he was in, even the master of finishes MS Dhoni ensured Kohli faced the maximum balls in the final stages. As Dhoni hit the winning runs with a boundary, Kohli went down on his knees to finally let out a sigh of relief. During the post match press conference he regarded it as the best knock he has played in the T20 format.
His performance led India to a comfortable win by six wickets and into the semifinal of the 2016 T20 World Cup.
Here’s a rewind to that blistering knock!