Indian captain Virat Kohli might not be having an ODI series to remember in Australia; however, he remains a batsman to behold when on a song. Indeed Virat Kohli was nearly at his best in the second ODI against Australia when India had to chase a monster score of 390 to level the three-match series. The 32-year old crossed a significant landmark in his innings of 89 on Sunday.
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian batsman and eighth in the world to cross 22000 runs in international cricket. Kohli has been one of the best batsmen in world cricket across formats, consistently accumulating runs at a rapid rate. The Indian skipper is also the only batsman in the current era to average more than 50 in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. Perhaps, One-day international cricket remains his strongest suit, in which he averages nearly 60.
The Delhi cricketer could not score runs that India needed him to in the first ODI against Australia at the same venue. Even though leg-spinner Adam Zampa dropped him when Kohli had scored only a single, he was not able to cash in on it. Seamer Josh Hazlewood was the one to remove the visiting skipper for 21 off 20 deliveries that came on the back of some imperious shots.
Virat Kohli’s remarkably 89 before an outstanding catch from Moises Henriques:
As far as the second ODI is concerned, Kohli again faced a miraculous task of chasing 390 after Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal made a strong start. The opening par put on 58 for the opening wicket after which Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer added 93 together.
It was in the 35th over bowled by Josh Hazlewood that Moises Henriques put a dive at mid-wicket to grab the ball. After adding 93 with Iyer, the captain put on another 72 with KL Rahul before perishing for 89, laced with seven fours and two sixes.