Runs scored: 100* (52)
Virat Kohli likes pressure. He likes crisis situations. Had he not chosen a career in cricket, Kohli would have done a fine job as a firefighter, dousing roaring flames, doing the rescue act. Eight of Kohli's 13 ODI tons have come in the cauldron of a high-voltage chase. His batting blooms whenever there is an air of fatality to India's chances. He sniffs opportunity in disaster and that's what makes him so special. His recent ton against Australia in Jaipur was a testimony of that. We at MSN India take a look at some of Kohli's knocks in which he repaired, rebuilt and restored India's pride in the face of what could have been an inevitable defeat
Match: India v Australia
Series: 2nd ODI, Australia’s tour of India, 2013
Result: India won by 9 wickets
The setting: Having suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the visitors in the opening ODI, the world champions needed a win to make a statement. Riding on a magnificent performance by the top-order, the Aussies put up a mammoth 359, equalling their previous record total against India.
What Kohli did: An outstanding 176-run opening stand helped India get off to a promising start in their chase. However, the task ahead was still uphill and Dhawan’s dismissal on 95 had helped the Aussies slow things down a bit. Soon after arriving at the crease, Kohli launched a brutal onslaught on the Aussie bowling. The Australian bowlers just didn’t realize what hit them as Kohli took the game away from them in no time. His blistering hundred came from just 52 deliveries, the fastest by an Indian in ODIs, with the help of 7 sixes and 8 fours. Partnering with Rohit Sharma, Virat helped India reach the target with an astonishing 6.3 overs to spare.