There are little doubts over Virat Kohli’s credentials as one of best batsmen in the world at the moment. In fact, he is arguably the best batsman in the world right now. Virat Kohli is the top-ranked batsman in ODIs and Tests. The right-handed batsman is looking set to create his own legacy in the game. At just 30, he is already among the elites in ODIs.
Virat Kohli is second in the list of most ODI centuries and need 9 more tons to break Sachin Tendulkar‘s record. However, Kohli’s record in ICC tournament’s knockout games have left a lot to be desired. Part of the 2011 World Cup-winning side, Kohli has not really managed to deliver as per expectations. Earlier this week, he was out for just 1 run in the 18-run loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal.
India failed to chase down 239 and bowed out of the World Cup at the semifinal stage for the second time in a row. This was Kohli’s third appearance in the World Cup and India have made it to at least the semifinals in all of them. But Kohli has not made much contribution with the bat. He has scored just 11 runs in the three World Cup semifinals he has played. In fact, he has scored only just 73 runs in six knockout matches in World Cups so far.
Against Pakistan in 2011, he managed just 9. Four years later against Australia, he was out for 1 before registering the same score in his latest outing. And thus when Virat Kohli came to address the media after the loss against New Zealand, one of the journalists asked him about his poor record in the knockout games.
In reply, the India skipper expressed his disappointment, saying:
“It’s very disappointing not turning up when the team wanted me to. Obviously, it feels bad.”
Here is a clip showing that moment during the press-conference:
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