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Virat Kohli's Top 20 Moments in IPL History

Antoinette MullerFeatured Columnist IIOctober 14, 2016

Virat Kohli's Top 20 Moments in IPL History

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    Virat Kohli of  Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most prolific run-scorers in limited overs cricket. He's been one of the most exciting players to watch in the Indian Premier League over the last few years.

    With swagger, innovation and the ability to hit the ball all around the ground, he's been a real entertainer. 

    He's never scored a hundred but has 14 fifties to his name. With 2,427 runs at an average of 29.96 in 103 games, Kohli's put on an impressive show since making his IPL debut in 2008. We've picked out 20 of Kohli's best moments.

20. 50 vs. Deccan Chargers in April 2009

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    In a losing cause against Deccan Chargers back in 2009, Kohli hit 50 off just 32 balls. It was a typical Kohli innings, consisting of just enough boundaries to keep the run rate ticking over all while making sure he constantly rotates the strike.

    Deccan won by 24 runs as Bangalore failed to chase 185. 

19. Kohli Gets into a Verbal Scuffle with Gambhir

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    This isn't one of the top moments in a nice way, but it is worth mentioning. During a match against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013, Kohli lost his temper when he got out and got into a spat with Gautam Gambhir. Shamik Chakrabarty of The Times of India reported that it was a culmination of many things, but the two players shrugged it off. 

18. Kohli's Consistent Fielding

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    He captains, he bats, he bowls, and he also fields really well. This was a pretty straight-forward catch from Kohli, but his fielding has been consistently brilliant and his reactions are super sharp. 

17. Kohli Gets Yorked

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    The IPL is about having fun off the field as much as it is about having fun on it. This video is from a few years ago, and in it Kohli is asked a few silly questions by a presenter. From confessing to having a crush on Penelope Cruz to being scared of heights, Kohli tells all.

    Well, almost all.

16. Taking Two Wickets Against Deccan Chargers

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    Once in a while, Kohli tries his arm at bowling, too. Back in 2008, in a match against Deccan Chargers, Kohli dismissed Chamara Silva and Ravi Teja. He finished with figures of 3.4-0-25-2 and RCB won by five wickets.

15. Hitting 58 off 35 Against Deccan Chargers

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    Even in his early days, Kohli was one of the most destructive batsmen on the Twenty20 scene. Back in 2010, he hit 58 off 35 for RCB against Deccan Chargers. Deccan won by seven wickets, but Kohli's fireworks were wonderful to watch.

14. Hitting 56 vs. Delhi in 2011

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    Chasing 161 to win against Delhi, Kohli was the only RCB player to manage more than 26. He whacked 56 off 38 balls to help RCB clinch a nervy three-wicket win. One of the hallmarks of Kohli's career has been that he can keep his head when everyone around him seem to be losing theirs.

13. Walking the Fashion Show Ramp

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    So, Kohli bats, bowls, fields, captains and also models when he can. This isn't exactly cricket related, but since the IPL is about much more than just the cricket that happens on the pitch, this video is worth including. 

12. Helping Tie the Match Against Delhi in 2013

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    In 2013, Kohli was once again one of the few players to perform in a match. Having won the toss and choosing to field first, RCB restricted Dehli to 152. The chase didn't start off so well, and RCB lost two wickets early on.

    Kohli then stepped in, hitting 65 off 50 to help tie the scores and take the match to a Super Over, which RCB ended up winning. Kohli didn't have a chance to bat in the Super Over, though. AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle hit 15 runs to seal the victory. 

11. Speed Fielding

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    Kohli is human after all. During a training session with RCB, Kohli doesn't catch everything that comes his way. While the skipper isn't likely to drop many when fielding, it takes a lot of practice to get him to the top of his game. 

10. Giving an Honest Interview

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    Cricket players far too often speak in cliches when it comes to giving interviews, but Kohli is actually far more honest. In this interview with the official RCB YouTube channel, he talks about his strengths and weaknesses as well as his success and failure.

9. Two Fours, Three Sixes vs. Delhi in 2014

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    Kohli helped set up a big win against Delhi Daredevils this year with a blitzkrieg 49 off 38. RCB were only chasing 146 to win, and Kohli, alongside Yuvraj Singh, saw the team home with some feisty batting.

8. Leading the Charge Against Chennai in 2011

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    Kohli quite often finds himself in a situation where he manages to perform when everyone else fails. In 2011, against the Chennai Super Kings, Kohli hit an unbeaten 70 off 44. No other RCB batsman managed more than 34. RCB posted a total of 175, but it wasn't enough and Chennai won by six wickets.

7. Hitting 67 Against Pune Warriors

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    Back in 2011, Kohli once again played a knock which propelled his team to a commanding position. After being put in to bat first, RCB lost Tillakaratne Dilshan early on. Kohli hit 67 off 42 to help RCB post 181-5.

    They ended up winning by 26 runs.

6. Becoming Captain of Bangalore

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    Royal Challengers Bangalore named Kohli their captain last year. He has long been touted as one of India's future leaders, and this was just another step toward that goal. He joined the team in 2008 as a youngster who had just captained India's under-19 side to a title. It was only natural that Kohli would take over the reins.  

5. Hitting 93 Not Out vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad

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    One of Kohli's finest innings came against Sunrisers Hyderabad last year. Chasing 162 to win, Kohli finished unbeaten on 93 off 47 balls. With 11 fours and four sixes, Kohli helped his side to win with 14 balls to spare. Limited overs innings can often be brash when they come so quickly, but Kohli made everything look elegant and classy.

4. The Lone Rangers vs. Deccan in 2011

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    In 2011, RCB were chasing 175 for victory against the Deccan Chargers. Early wickets meant RCB were in trouble, but as usual, Kohli decided to take it upon himself to try to get his team over the line. He whacked 71 off 51, but his batting partners failed him and RCB ended up losing by 33 runs.

3. Kohli's 204-Run Partnership with Chris Gayle

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    In 2012, playing against Dehli, Kohli and Chris Gayle combined for a ferocious 204-run partnership. That propelled RCB to 215 and helped them to a 21-run win. Kohli finished unbeaten on 73 off 53 balls. It was, as usual, a typical Kohli innings. 

2. Scoring a 29-Ball 56 in an Eight-over Game vs. Chennai Super Kings

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    In 2013, in a match reduced to eight overs thanks to bad weather, Kohli smacked 56 off 29 balls to help RCB clinch a 24-run win over Chennai Super Kings. When Twenty20 matches are reduced even further, they can often feel comical because batsmen just close their eyes and slog.

    Kohli doesn't do that sort of thing, though. Even when he his going full tilt, he keeps his shots classy.

1. Falling Agonisingly Short of His Maiden IPL Hundred

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    Not many players have managed to hit a hundred in the Indian Premier League. Kohli fell one run short of his maiden IPL hundred last year. While trying to come back for a second run, Kohli was dismissed just one run short of his milestone. He'd hit 99 off 58 to help RCV post 183 against Delhi Daredevils. RCB won by four runs in the end, and Kohli continued to enhance his reputation as one of the best batsmen in the world. 

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