India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 18, 2012

Kohli ends personal Pakistan drought

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Since Virat Kohli made his debut in 2008, he and India have played just four ODIs against Pakistan. The Champions Trophy game in Centurion when Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf took the game away from India, the 2010 Asia Cup match in Dambulla where Harbhajan Singh sealed it with a penultimate-ball six, the World Cup semi-final in Mohali, and today's encounter. Before today, Kohli's scores against India's fiercest rivals were 16, 18 and 9. He was thrilled that his Mirpur masterclass has cleared that blot on his CV.

"I hadn't done too well against Pakistan, played thrice before. Even in the World Cup semi-final, I got out and I was really disappointed. Playing against them is always a high-pressure game, all eyes are on that game. It is really satisfying to chase down a big score in a crunch game for us."

Still only 23, Kohli already has so many big innings that he was asked to rate where this stood among his best knocks. "I rate this (equal) with Hobart but yes this is special because of the game today, to get a hundred against a good opposition." The Hobart demolition job had given India a chance of reaching the final of the Commonwealth Bank series if Sri Lanka lost their final match. The 183 today gives India a chance of reaching the final if Sri Lanka win their final match.

Kohli's innings really skyrocketed once the batting Powerplay was taken after 35 overs. At that stage he was on 110, and India needed 115 to win. Eleven overs and a spree of Kohli boundaries later, he was on 177 and India needed 23 more, raising an outside chance of a third one-day double-century.

Did the thought ever cross his mind? "I don't know, I was just looking at the ball and hitting it," he said. "It did cross my mind once and I was like, this can't be real and I decided to focus on the game and react to the ball. It sort of crossed my mind but it was about keep batting, keep hitting the ball."

Another offshoot of the lack of matches against Pakistan is the lack of chances to learn how to read the variations of their top-quality spinners, particularly Saeed Ajmal. "Well I have seen him bowl earlier as well but I can tell you that is not easy to pick him," Kohli said. "You can watch the videos but still to play him is tough because he can turn it both ways. We had a plan against him, me and Rohit, it kind of worked for us. He is a world class bowler, perhaps the best spinner in the world right now."

While the headlines will belong to Kohli, it was a big day for another young India batsman as well. Rohit Sharma hit a rough patch in the one-dayers in Australia, and had been deprived of opportunities so far in the tournament. He responded with a half-century, and the 172-run stand with Kohli put India on the brink of a memorable victory. "I am a big fan of Rohit Sharma's batting," Kohli said. "When he plays a long innings, he is a treat to watch. It is an absolute pleasure to bat alongside him."

Their efforts silenced a largely pro-Pakistan crowd. If Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh on Tuesday, Kohli will get a chance on Thursday to improve his Pakistan record once more.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Kohli must be stopped next time i think he got over joyed and abusive after getting century ! Pak must make better strategy and mindset next time

  • IAS2009 on March 19, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    kohli is good but for god sake do not compare to any greats, he has not done anything yet for extended period of time, let's wait for a bad patch and see how he respond.

  • on March 19, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    @amitgarg78, Sachin's average when India had been chasing a score of more than 275 in ODIs is 7 runs less than his career average. Quite the opposite of a match winner in fact. Only Sehwag, Ganguly and Laxman for India have managed to do worse. In terms of match winners with the bat for India, Kapil Dev and Dhoni are the ones in ODI. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/427280.html

  • on March 19, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Funny to note that Kohli is been compared with Umar Akmal. This Akmal guy has been in a team where no star/quality batsman exist ( translation = opportunities galore) and yet for last 3 years he has done not much worth while compared to the chances he got. Where-as Kohli had to scrape into a team with established batting stars and in 3 years he has outshone them to be now considered one of the best ODI batsmen, if not the best. In that context comparing Umar Akmal to Kohli is like comparing IanBotham to AzharMahmood.As for making fun of Indian bowlers..it is funny to note that they took six wickets whereas the so called superior attack of Pakistan took only 4 wickets of a team which was under pressure of getting eliminated and chasing a huge 300+ score

  • street_smart on March 19, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Yusuf & Jadega both are unable to bowl full quota & getting hit by the opponents then why not try Manoj tiwary... even he can bowl 4-5 overs of legspin...

  • zico123 on March 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    amid all compliments and hype around him, Kohli has to stay hunble, can't let his head go big, should keep his head on his shoulder, and should tell himself that he has in him to be the best ODI and Test player of the world, it is up to him if he wants to rewrite record books, it is how badly he wants it, all the best Kohli.

  • rohittttt on March 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Ashwin and pathan should be drop for the next game. And rahul sharma need to play in the final, he is a superb bowler and he shown their potential and skill in Aus. he is much better bowler than r ashwin . in palce of pathan vinay is very good bowler and he also used slower delvery better than pathan.

  • on March 19, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I was very suspicious about VIRAT's potential, now I agree he is UP there and I was truly touched when he humbly said without ego that "he is fan of ROHIT SHARMA" that really was touchy which shows Virat's good nature especially with EGO FULL culture of ours.... I agree ROHIT is a great batsmen , the future will prove it :)

  • on March 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    doosra shusd be banned, like the aussie cricket board has done!!! harbajan is not bowling doosras after he has been complained,tat let him is compramise his quality of off spinn deliveries,even bcci is not encouraging doosra bowling bowlers even though they have not banned it!!!,in sports u shud not hide wat u are doing

  • on March 19, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    bangladesh shud win against lankans tomoro, this is the best chance for them, and they shud be crowned as asian champions!!!!!!! how long they shud loose!!! they shud announce themselves as a good team in the world, this is the right platform for them from a die hard Fan of Cricket- from India

  • on March 20, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Kohli must be stopped next time i think he got over joyed and abusive after getting century ! Pak must make better strategy and mindset next time

  • IAS2009 on March 19, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    kohli is good but for god sake do not compare to any greats, he has not done anything yet for extended period of time, let's wait for a bad patch and see how he respond.

  • on March 19, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    @amitgarg78, Sachin's average when India had been chasing a score of more than 275 in ODIs is 7 runs less than his career average. Quite the opposite of a match winner in fact. Only Sehwag, Ganguly and Laxman for India have managed to do worse. In terms of match winners with the bat for India, Kapil Dev and Dhoni are the ones in ODI. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/427280.html

  • on March 19, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Funny to note that Kohli is been compared with Umar Akmal. This Akmal guy has been in a team where no star/quality batsman exist ( translation = opportunities galore) and yet for last 3 years he has done not much worth while compared to the chances he got. Where-as Kohli had to scrape into a team with established batting stars and in 3 years he has outshone them to be now considered one of the best ODI batsmen, if not the best. In that context comparing Umar Akmal to Kohli is like comparing IanBotham to AzharMahmood.As for making fun of Indian bowlers..it is funny to note that they took six wickets whereas the so called superior attack of Pakistan took only 4 wickets of a team which was under pressure of getting eliminated and chasing a huge 300+ score

  • street_smart on March 19, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Yusuf & Jadega both are unable to bowl full quota & getting hit by the opponents then why not try Manoj tiwary... even he can bowl 4-5 overs of legspin...

  • zico123 on March 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    amid all compliments and hype around him, Kohli has to stay hunble, can't let his head go big, should keep his head on his shoulder, and should tell himself that he has in him to be the best ODI and Test player of the world, it is up to him if he wants to rewrite record books, it is how badly he wants it, all the best Kohli.

  • rohittttt on March 19, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Ashwin and pathan should be drop for the next game. And rahul sharma need to play in the final, he is a superb bowler and he shown their potential and skill in Aus. he is much better bowler than r ashwin . in palce of pathan vinay is very good bowler and he also used slower delvery better than pathan.

  • on March 19, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I was very suspicious about VIRAT's potential, now I agree he is UP there and I was truly touched when he humbly said without ego that "he is fan of ROHIT SHARMA" that really was touchy which shows Virat's good nature especially with EGO FULL culture of ours.... I agree ROHIT is a great batsmen , the future will prove it :)

  • on March 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    doosra shusd be banned, like the aussie cricket board has done!!! harbajan is not bowling doosras after he has been complained,tat let him is compramise his quality of off spinn deliveries,even bcci is not encouraging doosra bowling bowlers even though they have not banned it!!!,in sports u shud not hide wat u are doing

  • on March 19, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    bangladesh shud win against lankans tomoro, this is the best chance for them, and they shud be crowned as asian champions!!!!!!! how long they shud loose!!! they shud announce themselves as a good team in the world, this is the right platform for them from a die hard Fan of Cricket- from India

  • Venkat_Super_11 on March 19, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @Spelele, you said that absolutely right. I know it's too early to decide on Kohli but he shows promising signs though unlike his peers, Sachin and Sehwag who stand exposed in overseas pitches. But you know what? If an Indian opens his early career on No:3 position in the batting line up, it kindof confirms that he will play for long long time for the team. So Kohli is definitely someone to follow, in the coming years. Go Kohli! You can do it. Hope you will learn to control your emotions as you mature.

  • murthydn16 on March 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @Spelele, pls check Tendulkar's record and runs. He has scored across the world. Really hard to understand by people are behind Sachin who is still playing very well. Sehwag too has got few hundres in swinging conditions in UK, NZ and in australia and SAF too.

  • amitgarg78 on March 19, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @spelele, Get your facts right first mate! SRT has 33centuries in victories out of 49 in ODIs Over half of these are NOT in subcontinent. Quite fashionable to criticize him, but don't forget his achievements. Kohli might turn out to be just as good or better, but sachin has been in a league of his own for 20 years. His ODI records are simply phenomenal!

  • on March 19, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    I agree with Zycr9. Rohit is jus an IPL player and not a player for indian team. he has been given so many chances by dhoni,but wasted by him. sure he has the talent but not able to convert it into scores. better to give chance to other players like manoj tiwary, uttappa etc.

  • on March 19, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    srilanka will ever play with right spirit..u can see tomorows match srilanka will not try to win the match because they are very very very very jealous with Indians... ask with randiv he will his NO BALL INCIDENT ... lankans only know how to bark like...

  • on March 19, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Great innings by Virat.All those anti Sri Lankan fans will be surely Waving the Sri Lankan flag tomorrow with special prayers too.

  • fearless69 on March 19, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Take a bow to Virat Kohli, New generation advanced technology run machine.. Lightning fast fielder.. Phenomenal innings yesterday.. Hats off to him and his fitness.. R Ashwin can learn a thing or two from S Ajmal and and Umar Akmal can learn from Virat Kohli. Virat is on his way to achieve great heights at this young age. S Ajmal is the best spinner of recent times undoubtly, it was a treat to watch.. Mother of all Ind vs Pak -BIGUPS- ..... Respect for S Ajmal and Misbah-ul-Haq from an indian fan :)

  • on March 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @spellele sahin and sehwag flat track bullies. What would u call a man with centuries in australia, england, south africa, new zealand and where not as flat track buly. Sehwag i think has scored all his runs in India. Then mahela, ponting and samarweera, mohmd Yousuf are great players by your definition. hilarious

  • on March 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Cracker of a innings by Virat with proper cricketing shots....the man for the chases...hats off

  • Spelele on March 19, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Kohli is really awesome, and is my favourite Indian batsman ever. However, to call him the best batsman in the world is premature. Amla and AB have been far more consistent then him on far more challenging pitches. As the rankings reflect, both of them are ahead of him for now. I take nothing away from him though; he has really been amazing to watch :)

  • Spelele on March 19, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I hope Virat does not turn into another flat-track bully like his Asian brothers (the Sewaghs and Tendulkars). I really love him though! I wish him all the success in the world. The key thing is that he is (unlike Tendulkar) wining matches for India.

  • Chuck_Nunchuck on March 19, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    boy! what an innings by kohli. well supported by RohitSharma and SRT. Ajmal defnitely is the top most spinner in the world right now. Awesome Game. India vs Pak final!

  • jplterrors on March 19, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Hes got 2 stop doin that ridiculous jump after every 100, looks like Sachin mite make it to 2015 WC after all

  • iamgroot on March 19, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Pakistan is dangerous team . never ever underestimate them at all. Even in their bad days they can win atleast 6 games out of 10. With misbah as leader I am sure pak will be a team to beat. And coming to finals. Well Sri lanka has the ball in their court. They have the choice to either LOSE to Bangladesh in last league or WIN and save themselves some pride. If they Win India will go through and if they lose they will go empty handed. Its their choice. So yeah Sri lanka hope you take WISE decision and WIN. Kohli is match winner. There is absolutely no doubt. Rohit sharma doesnt deserve a place in Indian X1. Manoj tiwari is more hungry , terrific fielder, handy leg break bowler and he can contribute much more than RG has done so far. Just give same number of opportunities to MANOJ TIWARY and see what he can achieve in 80 games. Where Rohit failed miserably Manoj will succeed. He can be compliment Virat kohli very well. Pls kick out this RG from Indian team ASAP.

  • on March 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    fellas Srilanka gonna lost the match against BD and BD vs Paki will be final... day dreaming ??? lets see

  • thinktank1 on March 19, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Rohit, Kohli, Raina - Future of India.

  • mrgupta on March 19, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @annys:You must be joking! Its difficult to understand why a person who recently scored a 100 and then scored another more than run a ball 50 yesterday should retire? Why do India need to start looking for an opener when they already have Sachin playing like the way he did in last 2 matches? Every team needs balance of youth and experience.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 19, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Well played kholi!! hope you don't get carried away (alas IPL5 is coming soon to destory ind cricket) And it happened again in powerplays!!( batsman wasting balls for the milestones). Rohit sharma wasted some deliveries just for one single run to reach his half century. First match it was gambhir& kholi ,second match it was sachin and third match it was rohit, thats what players learn from seniors. Can we ever see ind players emulating a gilchrist (who used to hit a six when he was on 90's)

  • on March 19, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    i dont know how people saying kohli is best odi batsman now, but i think he is one of the best behind ab devilliers.

  • udayanavada on March 19, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Dont worry Pak you will win the final wishes from Indian friend.

  • Zeb1978 on March 19, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    I am a pakistani and i really enjoyed the innings played by kohli. it was amazing contest between Gul, Ajmal and Kohli. I am waiting see another contest between pak and india in final. Hope it will be a nail-biting final.

  • sabee66 on March 19, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    He reminded me of Saeed Anwar 194, but he is a great batsman If he wants to stay in the cricketing world and get the name like Sachin or Dravid or even Dhoni, he should act like them too, spitting, swearing will put him down in the class of Shoaib akhtar...lol or even Bhaji Sachin,Doni, Dravid are not only the best batsman but great human too, i like aggression but not with the haterd elemenet but with all means HE IS THE BEST BATSMAN in Indian team, well done , want to see him again in final and then i will be his fan....lol

  • anver777 on March 19, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Kholi is the greatest asset among the young guns for Ind at the moment !!! no doubt a future captain who is always at his best when chasing big scores.....

  • ashish514 on March 19, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @aahd81- Forgive me(and the author) for not being good in grammar, but what's wrong in that sentence??

  • annys on March 19, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Gauti,Uthappa,kohli,rohit,raina,dhoni,yuvi/yusuf/jadeja,ojha,umesh,aaron,irfan how about this team for world t20 in srilanka:)

  • Captain_Crick on March 19, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal - a master class spinner Vs Kohli, a talented bastman in great form was a treat to watch.

  • faizalsehwag on March 19, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Thanks to all pakistan fans.... as an hard indian fan we All indians would like to watch more and more test,one day ,t20 matches against pak... srilankan fans should learn some thing from this instead of jelousy ...... once again thanks to all our pak friends......

  • Sumeet.Gupta on March 19, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Ajmal seems to be a wonderful bowler. Where was he for last so many years? Boy, no one seems to be picking his variations, not even Kohli, who destroyed the other bowlers, and the great Tendulkar. Boy.....what a talent. If there's an Indo-Pak final, India have to guard against him.

  • iphone1 on March 19, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Its very heartening to see appreciation from a lot of Pak fans. Hope SL fans and also Indian fans learn a thing or two about this attitude. Thank you Pak fans. We (India) won yesterday, but thankfully I havent seen any acrimonious comments. India- Pak match is always a delightful experience.

  • on March 19, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Ajmal was a treat to watch. Kohli was excellent. It was great to see Ajmal vs Kohli (arguably the best spinner in world vs best ODI batstman (based on current form) in world). It was a great match. Had all ingredients.

  • on March 19, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Its time that Sri Lankans send the Indians Back home Packing for the second time.Anyway hats off to Virat for an Amazing innings,wonderful watching him. SRILANKA YOU CAN DO IT.

  • on March 19, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    a legendary batting from virat kohaly makes our india proud..in future also so best lucks indian team n i hope final will be in india vs pakistan.......lots of laves for virat n sachin sachinnnn sachinnnnnn

  • on March 19, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    vry nice innings by kohli...... i remember an innings of inzy against us wen dey were chasin 350 against us...... we luckily won dat day....... this innings of kohli has now assured dat even after d great man (read SRT) departure frm indian side there will stilll be balances...

  • annys on March 19, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    To me the most defining moment of this match was Ajmal versus kohli thats what i love the game still for. Ajmal might have lost the match but what a spinner just superb. Sachin after the Asia cup should retire fron OdIs coz it jjust doesnt make any sense for him to play just because he enjoys the game.India needs to find a new opener for sure.

  • on March 19, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    It was such a treat to watch Kohli's batting. Rohit's batting was also good, but he need to improve a lot like Kohli, as every one thought Rohit has more talent than Kohli. What was more amazing to see is, the mutual respect given to the players from both the countrys' fans. Well played Kohli and well bowled Ajmal- Indian

  • siabbasi on March 19, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Well played Sir! By all means previous innings under pressure was not a fluke - great talent.

  • jimbond on March 19, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    I feel sorry after seeing such matches. ODIs nowadays have become a joke- depends totally on the Toss.It was the same in the Tri-Nation tournament in Australia. In this case, had pakistan bowled first, they would most certainly have won. On these pitches, even Bangladesh can chase any total against any team. If they really want to have competitive matches, first do away with Day/Night matches, and have slightly more balanced pitches. It was sad to see the state of Umer Gul, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan etc.

  • on March 19, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    @Nampally, not the highest run chase ever I'm sure that record belongs to South Africa chasing Australia's 400+ score. Nevertheless this was a great effort! Credit where credit is due even though I'm a Pakistani fan;this innings was spectacular. The guy played superb well deserved.

    However I feel as if Pakistan took their foot off the gas after the 200+ opening partnership from the 30-50 ovesr only around 110 was scored. I'm sure India would never do such a thing they'd go for a bigger score and be relentless through to the end. But respect to Kohli he played great. I wanted him to finish the game lol

  • fairness on March 19, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Good to see a genuine cricket lover from Pakistan - ibilal! Love the game not the geography! Virat you did cricket proud! You go boy!!

  • BanglaBandhu on March 19, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Poor Wicket Keeping + No Slip = Pakistan Lose

  • AvidCricFan on March 19, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Today different Sachin and Kohli batted. May be batting second helped them focus on run rate. It is a great inning from Kohli. Hope he does this more often. He is treat to watch. Rohit Sharma was good, but he once again gifted away his wicket prematurely. He needs to think about the his pull shot seriously. It did not work in Australia either. The much acclaimed Pak bowling at the end turned out to be just ordinary by Kohli master class. Hope the final is between India-Pak and it is as exciting as today's game.

  • on March 19, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    After Warne, Ajmal is the one whom I enjoy watching. Such a treat. Bravo Kohli. what a play today. I wish we get to see more Indo-Pak games.

  • Nadeem1976 on March 18, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Just great knock. However all can go in to drainage if Bangladesh wins against Sri lanka. So kindly don't get carried away because Pakistan did not lose this match totally they just did not allowed india bonus point. Great batting effort but who knows what Sri lanka is going to do with India in next match. I want to see India Pakistan final and that what Misbah wanted today so just hope for the best. No regret in losing today to see a bigger match in final. Hopes are high.

  • on March 18, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    quite has been said for indian bowling....they still managed to get 2 wickets more than Pakistani Bowlers did....so much for a great bowling attack

  • MinusZero on March 18, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    I have said it before and i will say it again. Kohli is the next Indian legend of the game. Watch your back Sachin, Kohli is coming...not for a while though

  • Whip on March 18, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Let's imagine for a second what the possibilities will be when Pakistan will have Asif and Amir in the bowling unit for World Cup 2015. As an Indian, I want to wish Pakistan good luck on their healthy return to cricket and nation-building.

  • on March 18, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Total gem of an innings by Virat but in the other overlooked side I am really starting to believe that Ajmal is the best thing right for the spinners given his subtle variations and control is really a sight to see in this dead, flat pitch. Indian batsmen are known to play the best game against spin but still having a hard time against Ajmal who hoodwinked Sachin by his doosra. He is really going to be a great bowler if he performs at this level for 4-5 years. At the end of story great win by India and hope we have another match against the Pakistan in finals. And kudos to all humble Pakistani supporters from an Indian fan who loves only Pakistani bowling legends.

  • Al_Bundy1 on March 18, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    10delkur can retire now. We have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and a bunch of youngsters hungry to perform.

  • eglets on March 18, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I saw the highlights,I think misbah wants to lose the match, in the whole match he did not put the filders on the rope as he had got a big total.he should had defend the match,may be is the first time his team made a huge total and he could not control the match,I hope he learnt from this and he will not make a mistake.

  • Nampally on March 18, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    What a gem of an innings Virat! You are the future of the Indian batting without a doubt.I am sorry you missed a well deserved double century. I expect many more big innings from Virat in future. For the second time in a row, Sri lanka decide whether India can go to Finals or not. Last time SL pulled out an unexpected win against the Aussies. This made Kohli's magnificient century a non factor. This time again SL can play the spoilers by losing to BD to eliminate India. It looks like SL are always the bad guys. They denied Sehwag his century by bowling a last over ball No ball - which did not allow an extra ball.They prevented India from reaching CB Final & now on the verge of a Hat trick by preventing India from Asian Final.It looks certain that SL will go home 0-3 to face the England team.What ever the case may be Kohli's innings was one of the greatest batting show in the ODI which clinched a win in the highest score chase in the ODI history.SL cannot take this away from Kohli !

  • on March 18, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    he might break sachin tendulkar;s record

  • Dalajit on March 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Let me tell you, if anybody watch out for a batsman who can get pass Sachin's ODI records of highest runs and century than this is only VIRAT KOHLI. He is a true ODI batsman and looks like similar talent of Sachin and the way he is scoring his runs, it is not impossible that Sachin's records can not be beaten. India go t another Sachin while Sachin is about to retire, what a replacement. This guy can even take more pressure than Sachin while chasing and now the most dependent batsman of Indian team. Great going VIRAT, you have created many more fans after today's innings, you are already my favorite cricketer in my facebook even gone passed to Dhoni. Keep playing like this, you are a true match winner. Love to see you batting with Yuvraj in future...

  • Go_F.Alonso on March 18, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Well done Virat. If SL doesn't want to do any favours, there should be no hard feelings for India. Of course that'll only make them the worst team in Asia. Oops!!

  • iBilal on March 18, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    great game Kohli. A masterclass performance. Respect from a Pakistani fan

  • on March 18, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    "I am a big fan of Rohit Sharma's batting," Kohli said. "When he plays a long innings, he is a treat to watch. It is an absolute pleasure to bat alongside him."

    Its always gr8 to watch one player respecting other...... well done virat, rohit n sachin paaji

    kudos to dhoni for yet another not out innings

  • keptalittlelow on March 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    I am a Pakistan fan, I am very disappointed to lose, but hats off to Kohli for such a brilliant batting display. With a performance like that India deserved to win, my team had no answers.

  • 30-30-150 on March 18, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Had Kohli got a hundred against Bangla in the last match (he scored 66 before playing a rash shot to get out), it would have been 4 centuries in 4 matches.. Whoa beat that..

  • StatisticsRocks on March 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Gr8 knock indeed. You single handedly won the game for India. It is really pleasing to see how well u r maturing in your batting, post match interviews by giving enough credit to the opposition. This is needed especially among the younger generation and it very important to be humble both on and off the field. This present Indian team is percieved as a very arrogant side and i hope you guys change it. We need to be aggressive yet humble in our behaviour. You are very right in saying Saeed Ajmal is a world class spinner and I was stunned to see him not bowl his quota of 10 overs. What was misbah thinking is beyond me.

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I love the rohit sharma and kohli combo, it is just awsome to see them both bat, they both play well and run well too. I really wish kohli or rohit dont become captain it will take away from his game. Wr have dhoni at captain, for a while no need to worry. It was good to bring in yusuf pathan.

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    As Pakistani we should admit that our Bowlers were helpless in front of great batting skills of kohli,, one of great innings i have ever seen, given the occasion.

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Absolute gem of an innings by Virat, but people are going to forget a very important fact about Rohit Sharma's innings. Rohit and Virat boosted each others confidence and they were a treat to watch. Rohit's pull shot for a six was marvelous(given the talent he has). Virat's cover drives are just a delight to watch. Everyone might be criticizing that india's future is not good but actually it's better than other teams.When Rahul, Saurav, Sachin came in the team as young players they failed a lot of times but at that time the expectations were not that high. They still worked hard and succeded. That is why Dhoni is giving chances to Rohit Sharma and Raina.

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Hope Kohli keeps his feet grounded. he can be then one of d greats. should learn from sachin and dravid !

  • coolitbaby on March 18, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Terrific innings from Kohli. Pakistan will never recover from the beating they received today. Poor Umar Gul has still not regained his balance after what Sehwag did to him !! Can't wait for the finals.

  • CricStickMan on March 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Such a perfect innings at the age of 23 is unbelievable..well played Kohli..but still a long way to go...

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal Respect! - Indian fan

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    he is indian batting future with rohit may be............. !!

  • drdani on March 18, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    a very well built, well crafted innings from a guy who has still a long way to go..brilliant n aggressive batting..well done !! being a pakistani m v much pleased with the result of this match..v tried our best n v dint lose by much..i think all the pakistani supporters want this kind of match where if v lose v lose respectably..bad luck pakistan..u still have one more chance to get on top..again congrats to india n gudluck to kohli !!

  • PakFedROs on March 18, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    As a pakistani fan i take my hats off to virat

    Take a bow

    but the final is paks

  • aahd81 on March 18, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    "Did the thought ever cross his mind?" Aren't we all expecting better grammar from cricinfo writers?

  • on March 18, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Boy you deserved it there is no shame losing if someone plays like you did today!

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  • on March 18, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Boy you deserved it there is no shame losing if someone plays like you did today!

  • aahd81 on March 18, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    "Did the thought ever cross his mind?" Aren't we all expecting better grammar from cricinfo writers?

  • PakFedROs on March 18, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    As a pakistani fan i take my hats off to virat

    Take a bow

    but the final is paks

  • drdani on March 18, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    a very well built, well crafted innings from a guy who has still a long way to go..brilliant n aggressive batting..well done !! being a pakistani m v much pleased with the result of this match..v tried our best n v dint lose by much..i think all the pakistani supporters want this kind of match where if v lose v lose respectably..bad luck pakistan..u still have one more chance to get on top..again congrats to india n gudluck to kohli !!

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    he is indian batting future with rohit may be............. !!

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal Respect! - Indian fan

  • CricStickMan on March 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Such a perfect innings at the age of 23 is unbelievable..well played Kohli..but still a long way to go...

  • coolitbaby on March 18, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Terrific innings from Kohli. Pakistan will never recover from the beating they received today. Poor Umar Gul has still not regained his balance after what Sehwag did to him !! Can't wait for the finals.

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Hope Kohli keeps his feet grounded. he can be then one of d greats. should learn from sachin and dravid !

  • on March 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Absolute gem of an innings by Virat, but people are going to forget a very important fact about Rohit Sharma's innings. Rohit and Virat boosted each others confidence and they were a treat to watch. Rohit's pull shot for a six was marvelous(given the talent he has). Virat's cover drives are just a delight to watch. Everyone might be criticizing that india's future is not good but actually it's better than other teams.When Rahul, Saurav, Sachin came in the team as young players they failed a lot of times but at that time the expectations were not that high. They still worked hard and succeded. That is why Dhoni is giving chances to Rohit Sharma and Raina.