ViratKohli: First to 3000 T20I runs

ViratKohli is the first and only batsman to score over 3000 runs in T20 International cricket.

The Indian captain achieved the milestone when he finished the five match T20I series between India and England as the highest run scorer, amassing 231 runs from five innings at an average of 115.50 and a strike rate of 147.13 with three half centuries.

Kohli scored the best of 80 not out in the competition and ensured that he cracked a half century every time he got set. It was courtesy of his brilliant performances with the bat that India were successful in getting the better of England by 3-2 in a hard fought T20I series, all the matches of which were played at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.

Kohli made his T20I debut in 2010 and has scored 3159 runs from 90 matches at an average of 52.65 and a strike rate of 139.04 with 28 half centuries. He has struck 285 boundaries and 90 sixes in his T20 International career and has the best of 94 not out.

Kohli’s best year in T20I cricket, apart from the current one, came in 2016 when he smashed 641 runs from just 15 matches at an average of over 100 and a strike rate of 140.26. Mind you, this was the same year in which the last T20 World Cup was played and Kohli was instrumental in taking India up to the semi final, when they were outmuscled by West Indies.

In 2014 as well, when another T20 World Cup was played, Kohli scored 385 runs from 7 matches at an average of 96.25 and a strike rate of 133.68.

Apart from that, he had good outings in 2019 when he scored 466 runs from 10 T20I matches at an average of 77.67 and a strike rate of 147.94.

Overall, Kohli is head and shoulders above the rest of the batsmen in T20I cricket. The second highest run scorer is New Zealand’s Martin Guptill who is nearing the end of his international career. Guptill has scored 2939 runs and there is still a big gap between the top two batsmen.

Third placed Rohit Sharma does have a good chance of running Kohli close. Sharma has 2864 runs from 111 T20I matches at an average of 32.54 and a strike rate of 138.96 with four centuries – more than any other batsman in world cricket.

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