The former Indian skipper and the modern-day batting great, Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the amazing and brilliant athletic fielders on the field. On a lot of occasions, Kohli has proved his worth on the field by stopping some crucial runs or taking some stunning catches with his unbelievable athleticism.
With said that, here we’ll have a look at the top 5 sensational catches of Virat Kohli in international cricket, which have blown up the minds of the cricket fans, experts and sometimes the commentators who were calling these very efforts from Virat Kohli.
Australia vs India, Perth Test, 2018
India were taking on the hosts Australia in the second Test of the four-match series in Perth in 2018. Peter Handscomb arrived in the middle to bat for the Aussies after Marcus Harris was dismissed. He went on to make an effort to settle down for a long innings, but he was undone by the then-Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
The Aussie batter was caught at the second slip courtesy of an unbelievable effort from the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. It’s still counted as one of the outstanding catches in the slips.
India vs West Indies, Thiruvananthapuram T20I, 2019
India were hosting the Caribbean side in 2019; both teams were taking on each other in the second T20I of the series in Thiruvananthapuram. Star West Indies batter Shimron Hetmyer was looking quite dangerous as he was taking his team towards the target with his amazing batting heroics.
At one moment, the visitors had scored 99 runs for the loss of only one wicket in 13 overs. But then came the 14th over of star Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja; in this over, Hetmyer smashed 2 successive sixes off Ravindra Jadeja and it was his third attempt for the six, which was caught in the deep by Virat Kohli in an unexpected and amazing effort.
India vs England, Pune ODI, 2021
India and England locked horns with each other in the third and last ODI of the three-match series in Pune, three years back in 2021. The hosts were eyeing a 2-1 win as the Three Lions required 72 runs in the last 11 overs having three wickets remaining.
But Virat Kohli’s amazing athleticism provided a breakthrough for India in the 40th over. England’s lower-order batter Adil Rashid tried to play a drive off Shardul Thakur; it eventually went to the left of Virat Kohli and he made a stunning jump to complete the catch.
Australia vs India, Adelaide Test, 2020
India were taking on Australia in the first Test of the four-match series in 2020-21, which was also registered as one of the historic Australia tours for India. Australia’s young all-rounder Cameron Green was making his debut in the Test series opener. India posted a score of 244 runs in the first innings.
The hosts had lost 4 wickets at the score of 65 runs at the moment when debutant Cameron Green came into bat; Green played a shot to mid-wicket on a short-of-length delivery. After hitting the above part of the bat, the ball went to the right of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and he made no mistake in taking an absolute blinder to dismiss Cameron Green.
India vs South Africa, Mohali T20I, 2019
Star South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock was charging against the Indian bowlers in the second T20I in Mohali against India, five years back in the year 2019. He reached his half-century in the 11th over with a boundary against the star Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
But, he couldn’t continue his amazing batting in the as he was removed by Virat Kohli’s sensational fielding effort off Navdeep Saini’s delivery in the 12th over. Kohli took an unbelievable catch at mid-wicket to dismiss the star Proteas opener.