India skipper Virat Kohli, on Saturday, recalled his iconic 133-run knock against Sri Lanka in Hobart during the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Series. It was perhaps the knock that finally established the right-handed batsman into the league of the best batsmen in the world.
India had their back against the wall when they took on Sri Lanka in the 11th match of the tournament. The Men in Blue not only needed to win the match but also needed to gain a bonus point in order to stay alive in the competition. And when Sri Lanka put up a huge total of 320, it looked all over for MS Dhoni & Co.
In order to take the crucial bonus points, India needed to chase down 320 inside 40 overs. But to everyone’s utter shock, India chased down the mammoth total inside 37 overs thanks to Virat Kohli’s whirlwind knock of 133 off just 86 balls. Recalling that game, Virat Kohli revealed that he and Suresh Raina had decided to chase the target by breaking it into two T20 games.
“When we were warming up, the chat was not all that optimistic I still remember because our chances were very bleak, we did not have a successful Australia tour and the motivation factor was very low. The bonus point was something which we weren’t even thinking about,” recalled Virat Kohli while speaking to Ravichandran Ashwin on Instagram live.
“It was strange and suddenly out of nowhere we got that boost, Sachin paaji and Viru bhai had a brilliant partnership at the front, Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) bhai and me had a good partnership. Then Raina came and changed the momentum of the game and then he and I discussed that we need to break it down into two T20 games and that was the first kind of revelation for chasing the big totals for me,” he added.
Virat Kohli further said that it was the tour that made him realise ‘many things’ about his game.
“I remember that whole season from that Test hundred in Adelaide to the ODI matches, that was the season where I realised many things about my game, you want to be that guy who wants to be feared. This led to the innings that you were talking about and yes it was quite special,” Virat Kohli stated.