Virat Kohli was at his brutal and efficient best in 2016 would be an under statement considering to which level he has taken his game over the last 12 months. We can definitely call 2016 as the “Virat” year as hardly anyone has managed to resist him. As a captain, Indian Test side led by Virat ended 2016 unbeaten, which in itself is a splendid achievement.
As the year comes to an end in about a week or so, let’s take a look at 10 knocks that redefined Virat Kohli in 2016(Only International matches have been taken into consideration).
10) 49 off 51 balls vs Pakistan, Asia Cup T20 (Mirpur):
After bowling out arch rivals Pakistan for a poultry 83, it seemed as though this epic battle would end being a dead rubber contest. But an improbable spell of bowling from Mohammad Amir brought life back into the game, as India found themselves at 8/3 after 3 overs.
Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were at the crease and another wicket at that point would have made things even more interesting, as the pitch was reacting really well for the fast bowlers. Yet, Kohli showed great determination and kept his composure.
He occasionally hit boundaries and somehow managed to stay at the crease despite of the efforts put in by Pakistan. Since the target was way too low, Virat’s 49 run knock saw India ease past Pakistan, but one spell from Amir brought the best out of Kohli and ensured this India-Pakistan encounter didn’t go one sided.