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Is Kohli the biggest choker in the world?

kohli biggest choker in the world


ICC Cricket World Cup 2011:
– Quarter final vs Australia: 24 from 33 balls chasing 261.
– Semi Final vs Pakistan : 9 from 21 balls batting first.
– Final vs Sri Lanka : 35 from 49 balls chasing 275

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015:
– Quarter Final vs Bangladesh : 3 from 8 balls batting first.
– Semi Final vs Australia : 1 from 13 balls chasing 329.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017:
– Final vs Pakistan : 5 from 9 balls chasing 339.

These are Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s numbers in crucial knock-out matches of multi-national ICC events.

Kohli’s one-day record is simply outstanding. He has more than 8,000 ODI runs, and just last week set the record as the fastest man to reach that milestone. He has 27 tonsand another 42 fifties in the 50-over game. He averages north of 54, and does so at a strike rate of 91.

There’s hardly any doubt that Kohli is probably the best modern-day ODI batsman of the game, and he doesn’t look like having any competitor other than South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the moment.

But when it comes to knock-out matches – that is either a quarter-final, semi-final or final of a multi-team tournament – his record is comparatively poor. In fact, he averages nearly 23 runs less.

Admittedly, the sample size is much smaller – just 14 of his 184 ODI matches have been elimination games. But in those 14 matches he has scored 345 runs at 31.36, with just two fifties, which doesn’t go well with a batsman of his caliber.

Virat Kohli’s ODI record
Career ODI record
Matches: 184 | Runs: 8013 | 100s: 27 | 50s: 42 | Ave: 54.14 | HS: 183 | SR: 91
Elimination ODI record
Matches: 14 | Runs: 345 | 100s: 0 | 50s: 2 | Ave: 31.36 | HS: 96*| SR: 83.13

So, now the question really does make sense – is Kohli the biggest choker in the world?


– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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