Cricket Asia Cup 2012

March 18, 2012 by staff 

Cricket Asia Cup 2012, What he did at Hobart against the Lankans was ridiculously awe-inspiring and what he did here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur against arch rivals Pakistan is nothing less than breathtakingly grand. He powered India to their highest run chase since the epic Natwest Series final against England way back in 2002. He became the joint highest scorer in a successful Indian chase. His 183 off 148 balls is the sixth highest individual score by an Indian in ODIs and he is just 23 years old who already has 11 centuries to his name.

Chasing a mammoth target of 330 to stay alive in the tournament, Virat Kohli’s magnificent 183 off 148 ably supported by Rohit Sharma’s 68 (83b) and Sachin Tendulkar’s 52 (48b) propelled India to an improbable 6 wickets victory after Pakistan had posted 329 courtesy a double century partnership between Mohammed Hafeez 105 (113b) and Nasir Jamshed 112 (104b) and a quick fire 52 off 34 balls from Younis Khan later in the innings.

Aggressive, brash, arrogant have been the monikers for Kohli’s personality, but it is the innings like this one and one at Hobart that would make the above adjuncts a part of his batting ability, skill and talent. Coming at No.3 he has the best avg. for any player while batting second for his team in ODIs; even better than a certain Hanise Cronje.

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