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Virat Kohli becomes the first cricketer to score 3000 runs in T20I

March 15, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Indian skipper Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score 3000 runs in the game's shortest format. Walking out to bat with India rattled early at 0/1, Kohli formed a fifty-run partnership with debutant Ishan Kishan to bring the hosts back in the contest. 

Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 73 off just 49 balls to help India level the ongoing five-match series at 1-1. He smashed five boundaries and three sixes in his brilliant innings. Kohli's return to form is crucial for the hosts. He was removed for a duck in the first game of the series. The Indian captain leads the list of highest run-scorers in T20 internationals. He has scored 3001 runs from 87 games at an average of 50.86. He is followed by New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who has 2839 runs from 99 matches at an average of 32.36. Rohit Sharma is at number three with 2773 runs in 108 matches.

Virat Kohli averages 50+ in all three forms of the game

Kohli is currently tied with former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting for the record of most centuries by a captain in international cricket. Kphli is looking to make the record his own by scoring a century in the remaining three T20Is. It is the only format where the batsman still doesn't have a hundred in international cricket.

T20 is a format where all the batsmen are evaluated based on their strike-rate and not average. Because of the short duration of the games, most players don't get enough time to spend in the middle, and thus averages don't make the most attractive readings. But one cricketer has changed the entire perception. Virat Kohli's T20I average reflects that of his ODI and Test ones. He continues to be the only batsman to average above 50 in all three formats of the game.

Virat Kohli might not be the biggest hitter of the ball in T20Is, but his consistency is simply unmatchable. He is the highest run-scorer in the format. New Zealand's Martin Guptill has also been a prominent force in the shortest format. 

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Written By,

Payel Gosh