Virat Kholi is Team India’s backbone for the Australian tour. Let’s see skipper Kohli’s top 5 innings against The Aussies.
India captain Virat Kohli has been in terrific form. The form in which is in, he will be the player to watch out for in the tour of Australia.
Against Australia, he has scored the bulk of runs in his test career. In 15 test matches and 27 innings, Kohli has scored 1322 runs at an average of 50.84 with six centuries and three half-centuries so far. His best score of 169 runs has come in 2014 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
In Australia, Virat Kohli has scored 992 runs from just 8 test matches. He has scored 5 hundred and 2 fifties to his name. In Australia, his highest score is 169 which came in 2014.
The 2014 tour to Australia was very good for Virat Kohli. That was his second test tour and he was also handed the captaincy for the very first time. That happened due to MS Dhoni’s injury. Kohli captained India in 2 matches. He was the highest run-getter for India in that test series. Even though India lost the 4 match test series 2-0 but that series will always be remembered for Kohli’s master class knocks. Kohli scored 4 test centuries on that tour. He scored 692 runs in 4 matches with an average of 86.50.
As the tour of Australia is coming up next month, let’s relive Virat Kohli’s top five knocks against the Aussies.
169 and 54 at Melbourne in 2014 – This is the top score of Kohli against Australia. This came in India’s last tour to Down Under in 2014. After Shikhar Dhawan and Chesteshwar Pujara went early, it was Virat Kohli’s 169, with Ajinkya Rahane and Murli Vijay’s timely knocks which helped India post a total of 465 in their 1st innings. In the 2nd innings too, Kohli’s 54 runs saved India the game. In the end, this test match resulted in a draw.
115 and 141 run at Adelaide in 2014 – In this Test, Virat Kohli captained India for the first time in Test. He broke many records when he scored two hundred in two consecutive innings as a Captain. He was under pressure right from the start of that tour. His 115 knock was in the 1st innings. Apart from Kohli’s 115, Pujara’s 73, Murli Vijay’s 53 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 62 were the only contributors for India which allowed them to score 444 in their 1st innings. Chasing the target of 364 in the 2nd innings India was on the course of a big win at Adelaide but the wicket of Murli Vijay turned the game towards Australia. Unfortunately, Indian batsmen couldn’t stuck around with Kohli to chase that total, Kohli’s 141-run knock went in vain. India lost the match by 48 runs in the end.
147 at Sydney in 2015 – Virat Kohli ended this tour with another magnificent hundred. His 147 run knock again came in under pressure situation. After Australia declared their 1st innings on 572 runs, India got off to another poor start. This time it was Murali Vijay who went to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. But Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s partnership helped India for the time being. But it was again Kohli’s brilliance that took pressure off them. His marathon knock of 147 helped India to come closer to Australia’s total. This Inning was his third consecutive hundred as a captain. His 147 helped India to pile up 475 in their 1st innings. In 2nd innings too, Kohli contributed 46 runs that helped India to draw this match.
116 at Adelaide in 2012 – His love affair with Adelaide started from here. This was Kohli’s first tour Down Under. His knock of 116 was the only highlight of that Indian Innings. But it wasn’t enough as India lost this match by a huge margin of 248 runs.
107 at Chennai 2013 – This is Kohli’s only hundred against Australia at home. His 107 runs at Chennai set the tone for the hosts in that series. It was a real treat for the Indian cricket fans to watch Kohli’s innings of 107 and master class knock of MS Dhoni. His 224 runs gave India the momentum to seal the match by eight wickets and series. It was the first time that India beat Australia 4-0 in a Test series.