Virat Kohli Joins Elite List Of Run Getters In Twenty20 Cricket
Virat Kohli also became the second highest run-getter in T20Is.
- Kohli became the eighth batsman to complete 7,000 runs in T20s
- Kohli took 212 innings to complete 7,000 T20 runs
- Kohli also became the second highest run-getter in T20Is
India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday added another feather to his illustrious cap as he became the eighth batsman to complete 7,000 runs or more in Twenty20 cricket. With this feat, Kohli has joined the likes of West Indies' Chris Gayle (10,571), New Zealand's Brendon McCullum (8,245), West Indies' Kieron Pollard (7,589), Australia's David Warner (7,572), Australia's Brad Hodge (7,338), West Indies' Dwayne Smith (7,270) and Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (7,226) in the elite list.
Kohli took 212 innings to complete 7,000 T20 runs, the second fastest next only to swashbuckling left-hander Gayle. The West Indies star achieved the landmark in 192 innings.
Kohli also became the second highest run-getter in T20Is. With 1943 runs in 54 matches, the 29-year-old is just behind former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum. The New Zealander scored 2140 runs in 71 matches at an average of 53.97.
Kohli, who scored 65 off 42 balls in the second T20I against New Zealand at the Saurashtra Cricket Association in Rajkot, posted his 18th fifty in T20Is. India lost the match by 40 runs. New Zealand, who had lost the first match by 53 runs in New Delhi, have now levelled the three-match series at 1-1.
It was fifth instance when Kohli has scored a fifty and India have ended up on the losing side.
Kohli also became the third batsman to hit 200 fours in T20Is.
With 207 boundaries to his name in 54 T20Is, Kohli is just behind former Sri Lanka opener Tillakaratne Dilshan. The Sri Lankan has 223 boundaries to his name in 80 matches.
Pakistan's Mohammad Shahzad is third in the list with 200 boundaries.
Kohli is also the second-highest century-maker in One-day International cricket. He notched up his 32nd ton against New Zealand in the third and final ODI match in Kanpur.
With 32 centuries to his name, the Indian skipper is now just behind Sachin Tendulkar, who has 49 ODI hundreds.