Virat Kohli has mastered the art of the chase © AFP
Virat Kohli has mastered the art of the chase © AFP

1. India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2014, Match 17 at Mirpur, 54: In a low-scoring thriller at Mirpur West Indies limped to 129 for 7 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle top-scored for West Indies with 34, but he faced 33 balls in the process. In response, Rohit Sharma dropped anchor for India with an unbeaten 62, but it was Kohli who provided the impetus to India’s innings. Kohli came in to bat in the first over itself after Shikhar Dhawan was out LBW by Samuel Badree for a 3-ball duck. Kohli scored 54 off 41 balls with 5 fours and 1 six. He was dismissed with India needing 23 from 32 balls. Despite this, India won only in the final over after Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels tied down the Indian batsmen. India could afford to take it easy at the end because Kohli had done the important work in the middle overs.FULL SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 2nd Semi-Final match at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

2. India vs South Africa, ICC World T20 2014, 2nd Semi-Final at Mirpur, 72 not out: It was the semi-final stage of the World T20 2014, and South Africa for once showed no signs of choking in the knockout match. Skipper Faf du Plessis scored a vital 58 and JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 45 to take South Africa to 172. READ: West Indies can attack an vulnerable Indian batting completely dependent on Virat Kohli

For once, India’s openers got the team off to a flying start. Rohit slammed 24 in 13 balls with 4 fours and 1 six, while Ajinkya Rahane made 32 from 30 balls. However, it was Kohli who led the chase. First with Rahane, then with Yuvraj Singh (18), and finally with Suresh Raina (21) Kohli kept stringing together vital partnerships. He scored 72 not out from 44 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes. With 1 run needed to win from 7 balls, MS Dhoni defended the ball and smiled at Kohli, allowing him to score the winning runs. READ: India vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final at Mumbai, Preview: Rampant India take on unpredictable West Indies

3. India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup T20 2016, Match 4 at Mirpur, 49: Arguably the finest innings Kohli has ever played in terms of handling the pressure. Pakistan batted first, and were bundled out for a mere 83 by the Indian bowling attack. If the Indians thought it would be an easy chase, they were grossly mistaken. Mohammad Aamer came up with a display of phenomenal pace bowling to reduce India to 8 for 3. He took out Rohit and Rahane for ducks, and Raina for 1. Had it not been for Kohli, he may have ended with a couple more and India may even have been bowled out. Instead, Kohli scored 49 off 51 balls and India won by 5 wickets. READ: Yuvraj Singh injury: Who should replace him for semi-final against West Indies?

4. India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 19 at Eden Gardens, 55 not out: The match was reduced to 18-overs per side. Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, and Shahid Afridi took their time to get going, and at 60 for 3 in the 12th over it looked like Pakistan may have left the final charge for too late. Umar Akmal (22) and Shoaib Malik (26) then brought out the big hits and Pakistan finished at 118 for 5. READ: Virat Kohli’s top 5 ODI chases

Aamer did not quite rain down fire and brimstone, but he managed to take 1 for 11 in 3 overs to put India on the back foot early. India were reduced to 23 for 3 in the fifth over when Kohli and Yuvraj got together. Once again Yuvraj played second fiddle as Kohli played another excellent innings in a chase. He remained unbeaten on 55 off 37 balls with 7 fours and 1 six as India cantered home with 6 wickets remaining. READ: Virat Kohli — sheer, sheer genius

5. India vs Australia, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 31 at Mohali, 82 not out: It was a virtual quarter-final, with the side winning the match to progress to the semi-final round. Australia, batting first, managed to reach a commanding 160 for 6. READ: Virat Kohli: Tracing the growth of a superstar

Once again three of India’s top four failed. Rohit (12), Dhawan (13), and Raina (10) were back in the hut with India 49 for 3. Once again Kohli and Yuvraj rescued India, but at 94 for 4 in 14 overs, it seemed that for once India had left it too late. India needed 67 runs from 36 balls. MS Dhoni came in and hit a few boundaries, but India still needed 39 off the last 3 overs. James Faulkner started bowling the 18th over, and Kohli greeted him with 2 fours and a six. India now needed 20 off 12 balls. Nathan Coulter-Nile then bowled the penultimate over of the match, and Kohli hit him for 4 fours to point, fine leg, extra cover, and finally cover. India now needed just 4 to win off the last over, and Dhoni finished things off with a customary boundary. Kohli had scored an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)