Indian skipper Virat Kohli has had a tremendous time leading the side in the past couple of years since taking over the reigns from MS Dhoni. Under his leadership, team India has been invincible and has won against almost every opposition home and away. The men in blue are sitting pretty at the top of Test and ODI Rankings.
India recently defeated Australia in the ODI series and also got the better of the Kangaroos in the first T20I. With 2 more games to go, Virat Kohli has a chance achieving yet another milestone in his already prestigious career. The 28-year-old is just 37 runs shy of becoming the second highest run-getter in T20Is.
Kohli has scored 1852 runs so far in 51 games and is 3rd on the list of all-time leading run-getters in the shortest format of the game. Ahead of him lies Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan with 1889 runs from 80 matches. After overtaking Dilshan, Kohli will have only Brendon McCullum of New Zealand ahead of him who has 2140 runs in his tally from 71 matches.
Currently, Kohli is 288 runs short of the pole position and given Dilshan and McCullum have already retired from the game, the Indian maestro is bound to get there soon. He might surpass Dilshan in the ongoing T20I series against Australia itself. With India scheduled to play 3 T20Is each against New Zealand and Sri Lanka this year, Kohli has a chance to reach the top in 2017.
Additionally, the Chase Master is just one boundary away from becoming the fastest to hit 200 fours in T20Is. Only Dilshan and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad have hit more fours than Kohli. Shahzad has 200 fours from 58 innings while Kohli has 7 innings in hand to surpass him.
Most runs in T20 Internationals
|Player||Matches||Innings||Runs||Highest Score||Average||Strike Rate||100s||50s||4s||6s|
|Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)||71||70||2140||123||35.66||136.21||2||13||199||91|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)||80||79||1889||104*||28.19||120.54||1||13||223||33|
|Virat Kohli (India)||51||47||1852||90*||54.47||136.37||0||17||199||35|
|MJ Guptill (NZ)||61||59||1806||101*||34.73||131.44||1||10||169||76|
|Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)||58||58||1779||118*||32.34||136.84||1||12||200||66|
|Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)||89||83||1719||75||28.65||116.7||0||5||143||41|
|David Warner (Australia)||64||64||1694||90*||27.77||139.65||0||12||164||74|
|Umar Akmal (Pakistan)||82||77||1690||94||26.82||122.9||0||8||122||55|
|JP Duminy (South Africa)||71||65||1683||96*||38.25||124.29||0||9||124||58|
|Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)||78||76||1619||86||22.48||114.41||0||9||175||39|
-Stats as of October 8, 2017