After Sachin Tendulkar retired, India searched for a new chase master, and Kohli emerged victoriously. Kohli’s several chase master classes propelled him to stardom. During a chase, Kohli’s mind works like a high-speed calculator. He is one of the best chasing batsmen because of his ability to absorb and analyze the game while maintaining a calm and confident mindset. When chasing, he made 26 of his 43 ODI hundreds, the most of any batsman. Among his many “chase master” moments, here are ten of the most renowned ones justifying his title:
10. 107 v/s Sri Lanka (2009)
On December 24, 2009, a youthful Virat Kohli scored his first-ever ODI century in Kolkata against Sri Lanka, kicking off his quest to the title of “Chase Master.” He scored 107 runs from 114 balls, with eleven 4s and a six. His innings, coupled with Gautam Ghambir’s 150*, enabled India to chase down the 316-run mark and win by seven wickets.
9. 133* v/s Sri Lanka (2012)
Kohli smashed an unbeaten knock of 133 runs from mere 86 balls against Sri Lanka with an excellent strike rate of 154, including sixteen 4s and two 6s, in a tri-series between Australia, India, and Sri Lanka in 2012. In this series, Kohli earned the nickname “chase master” because his knock helped India achieve one of their best chase downs, chasing a total of 320 in just 36.4 overs!
8. 136 v/s Bangladesh (2014)
Kohli again demonstrated his expertise in the second match of the 2014 Asia Cup at Fatullah, when he scored 136 off 122 balls, including sixteen fours and two sixes. Bangladesh had set a challenging total of 280, and Kohli took command of the game after some early wicket losses. His partnership with Rahane was essential in India’s victory.
7. 72* v/s South Africa (2014)
In the second semi-final of the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup between India and South Africa, Kohli hit an unbeaten 72-run innings off just 44 balls. Virat’s knock featured a strike rate of more than 163, with five fours and two sixes. Virat Kohli’s heroics helped India win by six wickets and go to the finals.
6. 94* v/s West Indies (2019)
Kohli smashed 94 not out from just 50 balls in the first T20I between India and the West Indies on December 6, 2019. West Indies set a big target of 208 runs, which India quickly chased down thanks to Kohli’s blistering performance, consisting of six 4s and six 6s and a strike rate of 188!
5. 115* v/s Australia (2014)
In one of the most dramatic series between India and Australia, Australia set a mountain-like aim of 351 for India to chase. Kohli scored a record-breaking 115 off just 66 balls in one of the most legendary ODI chases ever! Throughout his innings, he had a 174 strike rate with eighteen 4s and a six. India won this historic chase thanks to Kohli’s knock and a strong opening duo.
4. 154* v/s New Zealand (2016)
Kohli scored an unbeatable 154 runs in the third One-Day International between India and New Zealand on October 26, 2016. New Zealand set a target of 286 runs, which the men in blue comfortably took down with ten balls to spare with Virat Kohli’s knock and an incredible 151-run partnership between Kohli and Dhoni.
3. 122 v/s England (2017)
It was Kohli’s debut match as India’s ODI captain, and England set India a lofty target of 351. India was down to 64/4 at the end of the 12th over, and Kohli led a historic chase, scoring 122 runs off 105 balls with eight fours and five sixes. Kohli’s innings, together with K Jadhav’s 120-run knock, led India to a victory that had seemed improbable at one point.
2. 183 v/s Pakistan (2012)
With his stunning knock against Pakistan in the Asian Cup 2012, Kohli made a big impression. Pakistan played well in the tournament’s fifth encounter, on March 18, and set a target of 330. At number three, Kohli came out to bat after India lost an early wicket and hammered an innings of 183 runs off 148 balls, including twenty-two fours and a six! India easily won the match by six wickets thanks to his masterclass.
1. 100* v/s Australia (2013)
Another addition from the legendary Australia-India tour of 2013-14, where Kohli smashed a century off only 52 deliveries! On October 16, 2013, Australia set a safe target of 360 runs in the second One-Day International, but the men in blue chased it down with 39 balls remaining and nine wickets in hand! Kohli scored the fastest century in one-day international cricket by an Indian player, with eight fours and seven sixes and a strike rate of over 192.