On Wednesday Virat Kohli delivered another match-winning performance to take the lead of 1-0 in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. With his knock of unbeaten 72 Kohli as always registered a few records to his name.
When Kohli surpassed Rohit and Afridi
Captain Virat Kohli played the key role to chase down 150 against the Proteas in Mohali on Wednesday. He scored a brilliant 72 off just 52 balls to win the game for India. With this, he got past his deputy Rohit Sharma as the leading run-scorer in T20 internationals. Currently, Kohli has 2,441 runs from 71 matches and 66 innings to Rohit’s 2,434 from 97 games and 89 innings. The third place in the list is occupied by New Zealand‘s Martin Guptill who has 2,283 runs from 75 innings.
The seven-wicket win also meant Kohli received his 11th man of the match award. His awe-inspiring knock thus helped him equal Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (11) on the second number in the all-time list led by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi (12). This was also Indian skipper’s 22nd half-century in the shortest format of the game; Rohit has 21. Kohli now has most 50+ scores in the shortest form of the game.
A unique record
Interestingly Kohli is the only batsman currently to have a batting average above 50 across all three formats of the game. The living legend of Indian cricket Virat Kohli now averages 53.14 in Tests, 60.31 in ODIs, and 50.85 in T20Is. But this is not the first time Kohli achieved this unique feat. He averaged over 50 in three formats even last year. This certainly talks about his consistency and commitment towards the game and his team.
After an abandoned match at Dharamshala, India secured a win in the second match of the three-match T20I series against South Africa. The third and final match will be played on September 22 in Bangalore.
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