India’s match against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup group stage in Dhaka was a record that broke many levels.
Pakistan scored 329/6 and the opening partnership of 224 between Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez was a record in their match against India.
It was also India’s highest success pursuit at the time when they continued to make 330 for the loss of only four wickets at 47.5 overs.
However, it is best remembered for Virat Kohli’s extraordinary 183, which remains the highest score in a productive ODI career and also the highest score by an Indian in ODI against Pakistan.
Kohli admitted that the innings were “game-changers” for him and were memorable for a number of reasons.
“Their bowling attacks are quite strong. At that time they were very challenging bowling attacks because of the variations,” Kohli said in an Instagram live video chat with his Indian teammate Ravichandran Ashwin.
“There are (Shahid) Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema and also Hafeez. For the first 20-25 overs, the conditions are clearly in their favor, but I remember I was only happy to hit next to the paaji (Sachin) Tendulkar). his last ODI innings and he got a score of 50 and we got a 100-run partnership so that was an impressive anecdote to me.
Kohli said it was one of a series of innings he had at the time that gave him confidence in doing good to every bowling attack in the world.
“It naturally happened because I was continually improving myself to want the situation to occur. I think it turned into a game-change for me,” he told Reminisce with Ash.
“I remember Sunday, India-Pakistan matched up so that the whole country was watching and everyone was paying attention.
“I remember that chasing was really difficult, Rohit (Sharma) played brilliantly and in the end MS (Dhoni) and (Suresh) Raina finished with three overs to spare or something chasing 330 which was quite memorable.”
Kohli shared a 133-run stand with Tendulkar for the second goal and then 172-run with Rohit who scored 68 of 83 balls. Kohli also said that it was one of the times when he finally managed to get better than Saeed Ajmal Pakistan, who was at the peak of his power at that time.
“I keep remembering the game and you talk about Saeed Ajmal at the top. I clearly remember we played the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. In the warm-up match (against Pakistan) I started to tell myself that I would start playing him like a foot spinner.
“The Doosra is quite difficult to deal with, but the spinner off is not so deadly, so I said I would hit it consistently and the results paid off. As soon as I eliminated the doosra, the potential was lower and even in that game (in Dhaka) “I scored most of my run against him through offside. My only goal was to make him scared of the doosra bowos towards me.”
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