New Delhi: Virat Kohli became the second Indian after Mithali Raj to reach 2000 T20 International runs. Indian skipper joins Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum and Shoaib Malik in an exclusive club. Kohli needed only eight runs before the start of India’s first T20I against England at Manchester on Tuesday.
Kohli had the opportunity to reach the landmark in Ireland during the two-match T20I series last week but he failed in both matches, scoring 0 and 9.
However, Kohli was still the quickest to get to the 2000-run mark in the shortest format. He took only 60 matches and 56 innings to enter the coveted club. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.
Kohli scored a 22-ball 20*, sticking to taking singles as KL Rahul got to a century, in India’s eight-wicket win over England in the first of three T20Is at Old Trafford on Tuesday. That took him to 2012 runs in the format, only behind Martin Guptill, the retired Brendon McCullum and Malik.
This is another feather in the cap for the Indian captain, who has the second most ODI hundreds after Sachin Tendulkar.
Most runs in T20I cricket
Kohli is also the fastest to the mark in terms of innings played, getting to 2000 runs in his 56th T20I innings; McCullum had reached it in 66 hits. Kohli’s average is also vastly superior to that of the others in the group.
Currently, Kohli is placed eighth in the ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen and is yet to hit a century in the shortest format.
After the three T20Is against England, the Indian cricket team is scheduled to play three ODIs and five-Test series against the hosts. The first Test begins on 1 August at Edgbaston with the fifth Test scheduled for 7 September at the Oval.