Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli [Photo-Reuters]

Virat Kohli has played a plethora of memorable match-winning knocks during his 12-year-old career but according to former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, none comes close to the 183 that the current Indian captain scored against arch-rivals Pakistan in the 2012 edition of the Asia Cup.

India and Pakistan squared in what was a must-win encounter for the Men in Blue following their shock defeat to hosts Bangladesh in their previous fixture.

Virat Kohli's 183 Against Pakistan Is His Greatest-Ever Innings: Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli [Photo-DNA]
After Pakistan had racked up a whirlwind 6-329 in their quota of 50 overs, India had the worst possible start when they lost opener Gautam Gambhir for a duck.

“Virat Kohli has played many unbelievable innings across the three formats, but this is one of his greatest innings from all points of view.” Gautam Gambhir said on ‘Best of Asia Cup, Watch along on Star Sports.

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Virat Kohli's 183 Against Pakistan Is His Greatest-Ever Innings: Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli [Photo-Reuters]
The Indian superstar then proceeded to stitch a 133-run-stand with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar [52] and then followed it with yet another whirlwind stand of 172 with Rohit Sharma, who too chipped in with a brilliant 68.

“First of all we were chasing 330, then India was 0/1, and then scoring 183 out of the 330 runs, that too against Pakistan, and that time, he was not that experienced too. According to me, I think probably this is one of Virat Kohli’s greatest innings, honestly,” Gambhir added.

The Indian No.3 was eventually dismissed for 183 [off 148 balls]- an innings which included 22 fours and one six- but the damage was well and truly done as Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni capped off the run-chase in 47.5 overs. The 183, which happens to be Virat Kohli’s highest ODI score, is also incidentally the highest score of two former captains in MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. That Asia Cup fixture also proved to be Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s final One-day International in his storied two-decade-old career.

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