Without a question, Virat Kohli is this generation’s best batter. In the past several years, he has been amassing runs at a rapid speed. Along with that, he has been shattering records in every version of cricket.
When the Indian skipper went out for just one run during the ODI World Cup 2019 semifinal match against New Zealand, it was an uncommon setback. The Indian captain’s record in this specific area isn’t particularly stellar, though. He hasn’t played well in the World Cup of Cricket’s knockout stages.
The former Team India skipper has 73 runs at a pitiful average of 12.16 from six games, with a maximum of 35. That is the record of Virat Kohli in World Cup knockout ODIs. Despite all the buzz that he is the “chase master,” Kohli has had difficulty gaining momentum in close games.
In both of his previous ODI World Cup semifinal matches versus Australia and New Zealand, Kohli scored just one run apiece. In the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, he got 9 runs. For Virat Kohli and Team India fans, this is a worrying stat ahead of a must-win clash against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli’s most significant knock in the ODI World Cup knockouts has been the iconic 35 during the final against Sri Lanka. The right-handed batter would be hoping for a strong comeback and remove the semi-final curse off his record. If there is any batter that can silence the statisticians as well as the opposition, it is Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli’s epic ODI World Cup 2023
In the ODI World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli is the leading scorer with 594 runs with an average of 99. With two hundreds and five half-centuries under his belt, he will be essential in countering Boult’s left-arm swing with the new ball.
The Wankhede track will help pacers early in the match. So Kohli and Rohit Sharma will need to make sure they prevent a collapse in the top order. They need to obstruct any opportunity the Kiwis may have to get back into the game. In the last game against the Netherlands, Virat Kohli got fifty runs, thus he is in fantastic form going into the big game.
Fans react to Virat Kohli’s knockout scores in ODI World Cups: –
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) November 14, 2023
The only thing holding him back if he scores we'll tommorow he will officially have everything to be the greatest of all time not saying he isn't already
— Idk (@AshAckerman607) November 14, 2023
This King Kohli roaring performance coming pic.twitter.com/cZqv9Axctv
— Hemaram Saran (@saran_hemaram) November 14, 2023
Chokli chameli chokes in important World Cup knock out games ???
— kedar (@kedar9909) November 14, 2023
Lol he still has the joint highest 50+ scores in ICC Knockouts! (Your recent post)
— OM Bhojwani (@ombhojwani_) November 14, 2023
The 35 against Srilanka was a necessary partnership that he built with Gautham, laid a good platform for dhoni and Gautham to continue.
— reghunotraghu (@ReghuK15) November 14, 2023
Expecting to do best because of his current form & get india to win position.
— pavankumar (@pavanaswathati) November 14, 2023
That 35 in 2011 Final holds the status of more than 50 runs
— Varad Tamhankar (@Varad_Tamhankar) November 14, 2023
Unreal choking ?? hope he score’s 100 tomo ?
— Ro fan 45 (@Anamikaaa45) November 14, 2023