Kohli sets new benchmark; becomes first player to score 4,000 runs in T20I cricket

Sanjay Bangar

India batter Virat Kohli has given himself a new milestone in T20I cricket.

He is now the first player to score 4,000 runs in the shortest format of the game and is also the highest run-getter in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Virat achieved this milestone when batting against England in the second semifinal at Adelaide today.

Kohli scored 50 from 40 balls in the first innings and anchored the Indian side for a long time.

Kohli’s strike rate today was 125.00 and he played some delightful shots around the ground.

This is also Virat’s fourth fifty in the tournament and has 296 runs in six matches with an average of 98.66.

The classic knock against Pakistan is also a part of these runs. Kohli smashed 82* against the Men in Green at Melbourne.

In his T20I career, with today’s knock, Kohli has reached 4,008 runs in 115 matches across 107 innings with an average of 52.73.

One hundred and 37 fifties have come out of Kohli’s bat in the shortest format of the game and he has the best score of 122*.

Additionally, his strike rate is 137.96 in T20I cricket.

Some of the other batters who have a good amount of runs in T20 cricket are skipper Rohit Sharma (3,853 runs), New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (3,531), Pakistan’s Babar Azam (3,323), and Ireland’s Paul Stirling (3,181).

When we talk of today’s match, then it was Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya who took India to a good total of 168/6 in 20 overs.

But, the score proved to be a cakewalk for England who sent India home by making 170/0.

Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers for England with his 3/43. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid also got a wicket each.

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