Today 28 February is a very special day for the former men in blue skipper Kohli. One of the best batsmen in the world Virat had done a feat 9 years ago on this day, which is still impossible to believe on. Virat played an scintillating knock against Sri Lanka in Australia on 28 February 2012, which is still vivid in people minds today.
Back then the tournament named Commonwealth Bank Series was played between India, Australia (host) and Sri Lanka. While in a match played between Sri Lanka and India, batting first the Lanka boys had posted the score of 320 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
The target was to be made in 40 overs to keep India’s hopes of making the final here alive. Playing according to the requirement of the team here, Virat had scored 24 runs in a single over of veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga.
Virat played an innings of 133 runs in 86 balls in this match. On the basis of his innings, the target that India had to make for 40 overs, the team made it in the 37th over itself.
Chasing the target of 321 runs, India got off to a good start by the pair of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Gautam Gambhir, who came to play at number three, also played a fast innings of 63 runs in 64 balls.
During this innings, when Team India’s score was 279 for 3 wickets, Virat started wreaking havoc in Malinga’s over. During this he was unbeaten on 98 off 75 balls. Virat took a double off Malinga’s first ball, as well as completed his 9th century of his career.
Virat scored 6, 4, 4, 4, 4 respectively in Malinga’s next five balls, taking the total to 24 runs in the over by the world’s best bowler. Out of this, Virat had collected three fours at the same place.
After this over, apart from Malinga, there was disappointment on the faces of veteran players Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.
Virat gave the team a memorable victory by hitting 16 fours and two sixes in his entire innings.