What is Virat Kohli's Track Record in Asia Cup Finals?
Virat Kohli's performance will be crucial for India's chances (Twitter)
As India gears up to battle Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 final at the R. Premadasa Stadium, all eyes will be on the past performances of the senior Indian players, and none more so than Virat Kohli. Known for rising to occasions, Kohli has a noteworthy record in Asia Cup finals.
IND vs SL: Virat Kohli's record in Asia Cup finals
Rewinding to the Asia Cup 2010 final, Kohli was part of the Indian lineup that took on Sri Lanka at Dambulla. Winning the toss and choosing to bat, India set a challenging total of 268/6. Kohli chipped in with a fighting 28 from 34 balls including four boundaries, before being ensnared by Lasith Malinga.
It was, however, Dinesh Karthik's gritty 66 off 84 that grabbed the limelight, setting the course for India's comfortable victory by 81 runs. Ashish Nehra's exceptional 4/40 helped the team skittle out the Lankans for 187.
Fast forward to the Asia Cup 2016 final, and Kohli was once again in the thick of things, this time against Bangladesh in a T20-format final in Mirpur.
After the bowlers set the stage, restricting the opposition to 120/5, Kohli steered the Indian chase with a brisk 41 not out from just 28 deliveries with five boundaries. Shikhar Dhawan's exhilarating 60 from 44 balls was another highlight, ensuring India clinched the title in mere 13.5 overs.
Interestingly, the Asia Cup 2018 final saw India lifting the trophy in Kohli's absence. Taking a break from the tournament, the batting maestro handed over the reins to Rohit Sharma, who brilliantly led the side to a nail-biting victory over Bangladesh in the finals in Dubai.
While Kohli’s achievements are numerous and his match-winning ability unquestionable, this Sunday's final will present another opportunity for the seasoned batsman to stamp his authority. As India aims for its eighth Asia Cup title, Kohli's experience and knack for delivering under pressure will be a key factor.