The superstar of India, Virat Kohli, moved up to second place behind Chris Gayle on the list of hitters with the most runs scored in T20 World Cups. Virat Kohli, scored a brilliant 82 not out off 53 balls to secure the Indian cricket team’s thrilling victory over Pakistan in their tournament opener on Sunday.
continued his hot streak on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he smashed an unbeaten 62 off 44 balls against the Netherlands. Virat Kohli currently has 989 runs in 23 T20 World Cup games and needs just 11 more to pass Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene as the first player to reach the 1000-run mark in the illustrious championship.
Chris Gayle went on to score a total of 965 runs in 33 games, while Mahela Jayawardene amassed 1016 runs in 31 games.
WORLD CUPS T20’S MOST RUNS
Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka scored 1016 runs in 31 games; Virat Kohli of India scored 989 runs in 23 games; Chris Gayle of the West Indies scored 965 runs in 33 games; Rohit Sharma of India scored 904 runs in 35 games, and Tilakatne Dilshan of Sri Lanka scored 897 runs in 35 games.
Along with surpassing Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli also surpassed Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most fifty-sixes by an Indian batter in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia).
While Sachin Tendulkar concluded his career with 48 half-centuries in South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia, Virat Kohli reached his 49th half-century in these nations.
In the current T20 World Cup in Australia, Virat Kohli is still alive. In just two games, he has already accumulated 144 runs.
He once again received accolades for his record-breaking performance against the Netherlands on social media, with countless Indian fans gushing about it on Twitter.
Virat Kohli is the only player in the Top 10 who started the T20 World Cup from Super 12. pic.twitter.com/HYUeBXjLBH
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 28, 2022
Virat Kohli in T20 World Cup:
– 21 Innings.
– 989 Runs.
– 89.90 Average.
– 12 fifties.
– Unbelievable numbers by King Kohli! pic.twitter.com/Sc4eKtSU8J
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 27, 2022
Spectacular ! On the big stage the great men are at their best. Virat Kohli certainly playing magnificently and some stunning shots already. Comprehensive win for India today .pic.twitter.com/D3GKJcmuGd
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) October 27, 2022
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) October 27, 2022
Eat. Sleep. 5⃣0⃣. Repeat.
— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) October 27, 2022
The famous Yuvraj Singh’s record for the most sixes by an Indian in T20 World Cup history was broken earlier on Thursday by India skipper Rohit Sharma, who also created history.
Yuvraj Singh was passed by Rohit Sharma after his 53 off 39-ball innings during India’s Super 12 match against the Netherlands at the Sydney Cricket Ground with three maximums.
Rohit Sharma had 31 sixes while Yuvraj Singh had 33 prior to the game against the Dutch team. However, Rohit Sharma now leads Yuvraj Singh in the illustrious event with 34 sixes, one more.
It is important to note that Rohit Sharma did not just set this record against the Netherlands in Sydney; he also surpassed Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka to tie for the most appearances in the T20 World Cup.
Rohit Sharma played against the Netherlands in his 35th ICC competition match, placing him on par with Tillakaratne Dilshan in terms of appearances.
The cricketer, who was born in Nagpur, is the only representative from India to have competed in every T20 World Cup since it began in South Africa in 2007.
Suryakumar Yadav, who scored the fourth-fastest fifty by an Indian in the history of the T20 World Cup against the Netherlands, attributed his ever-improving statistics for India in the shortest format to Virat Kohli’s presence in the middle.
“Batting at four, there are two situations, one in which the team has lost early wickets and scored less or has scored a lot and lost some wickets. In the first instance we need to stabilise and then I have to chase a tempo, in the second I have to be in that tempo immediately, either way getting to that tempo of scoring is important,” Suryakumar Yadav said while picking up the Man of the Match award at the post-match press conference.
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“I was just trying to express myself when I went into bat. The situation was very simple, I just had to up the tempo at that time. I took one ball today (to get going), but the message was loud and clear. We had to get about 8-10 an over and get a total which our bowlers could defend easily. Very happy with the way things went. Really enjoying batting with him (Kohli), the thoughts are very clear when we both are batting. If I get few boundaries earlier then our partnership needs to be stretched and that s what we are doing,” he added.
“We respect each other and have a camaraderie and plus he will give inputs like what delivery is the bowler likely to bowl and batting with him also means that you got to run hard. I look forward to more partnerships with him,” Suryakumar Yadav said about his blossoming on-field friendship with India talisman Virat Kohli.
At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Suryakumar Yadav blasted an explosive unbeaten 51 off 25 balls (SCG).
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Yuvraj Singh and KL Rahul are the other names listed before his.
In reality, Yuvraj Singh, who scored a fifty against England in the first T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007, retains the record for the fastest fifty in any version of the game.
In contrast, KL Rahul scored fifty runs off just 18 deliveries against Scotland in the same event played in the UAE the year before.
When he struck 70 off 30 balls against Australia in the 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh also holds the record for the fastest 20-ball fifty.