India v Australia, World T20 2016, Group 2, Mohali March 27, 2016

'The greatest ever judge of a chase I have ever seen'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Another masterful chase from Virat Kohli got the Twitter world talking
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Among the first to congratulate Virat Kohli was his idol and the man many Indians are beginning to compare Kohli with.

And Kohli convinced at least one of his doubters.

Was there anyone better at hunting down targets?

Weren't you supposed to slog in T20s?

The praise poured in from team-mates...

... and others.

Some had to rework their all-time XIs.

Others brought up sport's (at least football's) favourite challenge.

Australia's captain agreed his team was taken down by a masterful innings.

Going by his record and form, you can be confident Kohli can chase this down too, sarcasm or not.

The way he is playing, a former team-mate thinks India could win the World T20.

But, for that to happen, India's other batsmen would need to step up.

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  • Alexander Samuel on March 29, 2016, 11:08 GMT

    I think:

    (1) Bumrah should only bowl at the death while the opening spell should be between Nehra and Yuvaraj, followed by Ashwin, Jadeja & Raina then end with Pandya and Bumrah combo, if Dhoni prefers to finish it with pace bowling

    (2) The top order and the middle order needs to come to their senses that they have to lift their game

    (3) Rohit and Dhawan make full use of the powerplay available and score at least between 50 and 60 runs in the first 6 overs.

    Lets hope India lift the cup!

  • S on March 28, 2016, 21:51 GMT

    I would love to be a fly in the room when Dhoni decides to have a 1-on-1 chat with Dhawan and Raina after the Super10 performance. Resf of India's batting literally sucks. One man can't do it on his own all the time. Even Kohli sounded frustrated with the rest of the top 4's performance during his interview with Sanjay Manjrekar.

  • Miss on March 28, 2016, 19:40 GMT

    Today Kohli has same impression as Don Bradman was during his era. Kohli is no doubt DON of Modern Cricket in every possible worldly way.. He has supernatural abilities to do unbelievable out of no where. Whoever you think is/was great in Cricket wont be able to do what Kohli has done. I dont remember anyone it once in a crunch game like this ever. I think we should add a word in cricket dictionary "Kohli" that means Super Genius in sports history. He is ahead of everyone. He starts from where you stop thinking about the possibilities.

  • Aryan on March 28, 2016, 18:10 GMT

    We need more doubters like freddie, Johnson to fire up Kohl. !!!

  • Dev Alok on March 28, 2016, 18:04 GMT

    Wake up Freddie!!! I do hope that our captain MSD finally drops Yuvraj and brings in Rahane. I would have like Raina also to be dropped but there is no one in the team to take his place. Poor team selection in my opinion with Harbhajan taking the spot away from a possible batsman. Too many passengers in Indian team.

  •   Raja Gopal Mani on March 28, 2016, 17:50 GMT

    Disappointed to see some of the comments against Flintoff. His comment isn't that bad... I mean root, Kane , smith are all more or less in the same category along with Kohli although each and everyone has edge on one or other aspects. While Kohli is brilliant on chases, root and smith are super cool in test matches.. In one day all 4 are awesome. While we all Indians watch so much of Kohli , we feel he is the better ... Similarly other team players watch their players for so long and a little more loving towards their team players ... Stop this nonsense bullying on comment section against someone.

  • fly on March 28, 2016, 15:04 GMT

    This shows how much flintoff follows world cricket now a days. Root's total runs are at better equal to Kohli's ODI scores.

  •   Subramanyam Garigipati on March 28, 2016, 13:10 GMT

    What a masterclass! No slogging, just pure delectable cricketing shots all round the wicket. It is India's fortune that it produces such gems as Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Kapil, Laxman, Dhoni and now Virat Kohli. It's a sad truism that most of these greats have always had to perform on their own, little support coming in from the rest of the team. If Shikhar, Rohit and Raina can up their game, we would really become a formidable opponent. And, even if I say so, as I am an Indian, I feel only India has the abundance of talent to emulate the greatness of Australia in their heyday. Well done Virat, Well done India - we look forward to your exhibiting the same combativeness in the semi final and then, hopefully, the final. Wish Team India all the best for lifting the World T20 2106 cup!

  • Partish on March 28, 2016, 12:36 GMT

    I said this after the Bangladesh match and I say it again... Ind will be the team to beat from here on... They got our of jail against bangladesh and that should help them play fearless cricket... I still believe, Dhoni should look to get Rahane into this line up (either in place of Raina or Yuvraj). Knowing Dhoni - there is NO CHANCE that would happen, until one of his current XI is on a stretcher or admitted in hospital.... I still feel Virat needs more support, cos we cant expect such supernatural innings time and time again... Dhoni is right here, the others (especially the openers) will have to pitch in and make it easier on the lower middle order... 2 more matches to go and I think Ind have this one covered....

  • Lwaz Yekela on March 28, 2016, 11:35 GMT

    Special innings we witnessed from Virat Kohli. The unbelievable shots he played in this game left me awe-struck! He is without a doubt one the finest batsmen to ever grace the international stage. Brilliant!