December 2, 2022

T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli becomes the top scorer in the shortest format


On Sunday, star Indian batsman Virat Kohli became the top scorer in the history of T20I cricket. The striker hit the record in his team’s match against Pakistan in the Super 12 leg of the ICC T20 World Cup at Melbourne’s iconic cricket ground. (MCG).

In the match, Virat turned back the clock to display shades of himself, scoring 82 unbeaten from 53 with six fours and four sixes. His stunt helped his team clinch a memorable victory over their rivals.

In 110 appearances and 102 innings in the shorter format, Kohli has 3,794 carries at an average of 51.97. A century and 34 half centuries have been scored by the batter in this format, with the highest score of 122*.

Behind him in the T20I rankings are fellow countryman and skipper Rohit Sharma (3,741), New Zealand veteran Martin Guptill (3,531), Pakistani star hitter Babar Azam (3,231) and Irish veteran Paul Stirling (3,119 ).

With the win, India top Group 2 by two points.

Batted first by India, Pakistan went 159/8 in their 20 overs. Shan Masood (52) and Iftikhar Ahmed (51) scored solid half-centuries, but Pakistan continued to lose wickets consistently. A 76-point stand between Masood and Ahmed was crucial for Pakistan.

Hardik Pandya (3/30) and Arshdeep (3/32) shone for India with the ball. Shami and Bhuvneshwar also got one wicket apiece.

Chasing 160, India were down to 31/4 in less than seven overs. From then on, Virat and Hardik began to rebuild the game, putting up a stand of 113 points. Pandya was fired for 40 but Virat finished unbeaten to score 82 from 53 with six fours and four sixes to guide his side to a four-wicket victory.

Virat got the “Man of the Match” for his stunt.

Brief score: Pakistan 159/8 (Shan Masood 52*, Iftikhar Ahmed 51; Hardik Pandya 3-30) vs India: 160/6 (Virat Kohli 82*, Hardik Pandya 40, Haris Rauf 2/36).

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