T20 WC: Virat Kohli becomes the second highest points scorer in tournament history

Virat Kohli in action © AFP

Star Indian batter Virat Kohli became the second-highest points scorer in the history of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Thursday. He reached this milestone during his side of the tournament’s Group 2, Super 12 match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In the match Virat hit a wonderful unbeaten 62 off 44 balls. His knock included three fours and two majestic sixes. Now Virat Kohli has a total of 989 runs in 23 T20 WC games in 21 innings with an average of 89.90. He has twelve half-centuries in the tournament, with the best score of 89*.

Most notably, Virat is also twice the ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the tournament. He won the honor in 2014 (319 runs) and 2016 (273 runs), becoming the only player to do so.

He surpassed West Indian legend Chris Gayle to become the tournament’s second-greatest batter. Gayle scored 965 runs at an average of 34.46 in 31 innings in 33 games. Two centuries and seven fifties have come out of his bat, with the best score of 117.

The highest run scorer in the history of the ICC T20 World Cup is the Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene. He has scored 1016 runs in T20 WCs with an average of 39.07. A century and six half centuries have come out of his bat, with a best of 100.

Leading up to the game, India scored 179/2 in their 20 overs. Virat (62*), Suryakumar Yadav (51*) and skipper Rohit Sharma (53) shone with brilliant half centuries. Rohit and Virat set 75 runs for the second wicket, while Suryakumar and Virat set an unbeaten score of 95 at 48 for the third wicket.

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KL Rahul failed to fire again, scoring only 9 points.

Fred Klaassen and Paul van Meekeran each took a wicket for the Dutch. Dutch innings is in full swing.

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