Virat Kohli

After the talismanic Indian batsman wrote history on Wednesday, Twitter users praised Kohli. Mahela Jayawardena of Sri Lanka was previously the top scorer in T20 World Cups, but Virat Kohli eclipsed him with his game-winning 64* off 44 balls against Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval.

Mahela Jayawardena retired from the best T20 event in the world with a total of 1016 runs in 31 innings, while Virat Kohli has now amassed 1064 runs. In addition, the former India skipper has the most 50+ scores and the highest average in T20 World Cup history.

Virat Kohli was 16 runs short of Mahela Jayawardena’s T20 World Cup record going into the match against the Shakib Al Hasan-led team. The Delhi-born batsman, though, has been in top form ever since he arrived in Australia and has already played some outstanding knocks in the competition.

Virat Kohli kept the Indian innings together on Wednesday and then improved his performance in the final few overs to remain unbeaten on 64.

He delivered probably the best T20 World Cup knock ever against Pakistan late last month, and this was his third fifty of the tournament. He scored another fifty against the Netherlands last week after his game-defining 82*.

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Despite Virat Kohli’s outstanding batting performance, Bangladesh opener Liton Das gave his team the early advantage as he sped to a fifty in just 21 balls.

Fortunately for India, KL Rahul’s direct hit put an end to his innings. When Liton Das returned to the hut, India’s fortunes changed once again, and they not only won the game but also topped the table.

Virat Kohli, who was named Man of the Match following India’s victory, was pleased with his performance in the match before highlighting how much he was enjoying his batting right now.

“Pretty close game, not as close as we would’ve liked it to be. It was another good day with the bat I guess, was trying to play myself into the innings. When I went in there was pressure, was watching the ball well. I’m just in a happy space, I don’t want to compare anything. What’s in the past is in the past. As soon as I knew the WC was in Australia, I was grinning from ear to ear. I knew good cricketing shots would be the key. I knew the kind of experience and game awareness of having played in Australia will come in handy for the team. I absolutely love playing in this ground. Right from the nets at the back, as soon as I enter, it makes me feel at home. That knock at MCG was meant to be, but when I come here, it’s like I’m meant to come to Adelaide and enjoy my batting,” Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

India’s captain Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, gave the team as a whole credit for defeating Bangladesh. Arshdeep Singh, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, though, received special commendations from Rohit Sharma.

Virat Kohli performed another outstanding performance of 64* off 44 balls to help India put a score of 184/6 on the board. KL Rahul also batted well, scoring a magnificent half-century against the Bangla Tigers at the Adelaide Oval to get back in the groove.

But during the competition’s final moments, it was the youthful Arshdeep Singh who remained composed under extreme pressure. Arshdeep Singh bowled a brilliant yorker to restrict the batsman down to a single, securing a 5-run victory for India with Bangladesh needing 20 runs to win in the final over, which ultimately came down to 7 off the last ball.

 

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