The bond between Virat Kohli, Australian weather, and the Adelaide Oval, in particular, is something genuinely unique.
After winning Player of the Match honors in Wednesday’s victory over Bangladesh, India’s talisman gushed about his love of the Adelaide venue.
KL Rahul, Kohli, and the newly ranked No. 1 T20I hitter Suryakumar Yadav all contributed to India’s lightning-quick start, which was then led by Kohli’s superb and unbeaten 64 off 44 balls.
And Kohli admitted that playing at the Adelaide Oval is the only place where he truly feels at home.
I adore playing on this field, he declared. “As soon as I go in, I feel at home, right from the nets at the back.
“That MCG knock was meant to happen, but it seems like I’m meant to come here and enjoy my batting,” the player said.
Kohli’s breathless record in Adelaide
It is not unexpected, given the statistics, that Kohli prefers playing on the ground.
At the Oval, Kohli has scored 907 runs at an average of 75.58 throughout the course of his 14 international games in all forms.
Since 2012, he has played four Test matches at the venue and has three hundreds and a fifty, totaling 509 runs at an average of 63.62. (with no not-outs boosting that number).
His performance in One Day Internationals is similarly exceptional, with four trips to the crease producing two hundreds. And each of his most recent two trips to Adelaide brought hundreds of people.
And now, in T20Is, he has scored 154 runs in two innings with a strike rate of 155.55, including an undefeated 64 that came after a 90 not out back in 2016. Runs flow when Kohli plays in Adelaide.