India batting superstar Virat Kohli has called his match-winning 82 against Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 as his best innings in this format of the game. The 27-year-old single-handedly took India to victory, as India chased down Australia's 160 and qualified for the semi-final. Kohli's unbeaten innings came off 51 balls.
No other Indian batsman crossed 25. Kohli's innings was a masterclass and included nine fours and two sixes. Kohli finished with a strike rate of 160 with India eventually winning by six wickets and five balls to spare.
"It certainly has to be in the top three, probably the top right now, because I'm a bit emotional, so I would like to put this on top," ESPNcricinfo.com quoted Kohli as saying at the post-match presentation. "Against Australia, a world-class side, literally a quarter-final for us, we had to go over the line. There's a lot riding on us in this World Cup, we are playing at home and the crowds want to see us and we just want to give them as much entertainment and fun as possible."
"I really don't know what to say right now, because I am overwhelmed by the position we were in and then to take out the match. This is what you play cricket for, you need new challenges in every game, but trust me, you don't like these situations too much."
Kohli has been in brilliant form in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2016, scoring 184 runs in four games, at an average of 92, with a strike rate of 132. He will be looking to take this form into the semi-final, where India are to face West Indies on 31 March at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.