Virat Kohli Becomes First Player to Smash 4,000 Runs in T20I Cricket
10 November, 2022 | Pranay Lad
Virat Kohli, the star Indian batsman, became the first player in history to reach 4,000 runs in T20I cricket on Thursday.
India’s star batter Virat Kohli achieved this feat during his team’s second semifinal match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup against England at Adelaide Oval. Virat scored a delightful 50 off 40 balls in the match. His knock had four boundaries and one six. He had a strike rate of 125.00 when he hit the ball.
This was his fourth half-century of the tournament’s ongoing edition. He is currently the tournament’s leading run-scorer. He has 296 runs scored in six innings for an average of 98.66. This includes his instant classic 82* against Pakistan in Melbourne.
With this half-century, Virat’s T20I run total now stands at 4,008 runs in 115 matches across 107 innings at an average of 52.73. He has one century and 37 half-centuries to his name, with the best individual score of 122*. In the shorter format, he has a strike rate of 137.96.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (3,853), New Zealand opening veteran Martin Guptill (3,531), Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (3,323), and Ireland opener Paul Stirling are the other top batters in the shortest format (3,181).
India finished with a total of 168/6 in 20 overs in the match. Hardik Pandya (63 off 33 balls) and Virat Kohli (50) were India’s standout performers.
Chris Jordan (3/43) was the pick of the bowlers for England. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took a wicket each.