On Wednesday against Bangladesh in Adelaide, India’s Virat Kohli scored 16 runs, setting a new record for the most runs in a Twenty20 World Cup match. In his 23rd T20 World Cup innings, Kohli surpassed the tally of 1,016 runs scored by former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene. It took Jayawardene 31 innings to set his record. In 2010, the former skipper became India’s first player to appear in a Twenty20 international.
Virat Kohli tops T20 World Cup run-scoring
The Indian cricket governing body BCCI announced on Twitter, “Yet another milestone unlocked.” On Wednesday’s pivotal Super 12 match in Adelaide, Bangladesh’s captain called for India to bat first after winning the toss. After ten overs, with India at 84-2 thanks mainly to KL Rahul’s fifty off 32 balls, Kohli came to the crease with his team down by 11. Kohli, 33, reportedly expressed “paranoia over his privacy” after a stranger appeared to video inside his hotel room in Perth.
He has also been in red-hot form for India in this T20 World Cup, leading his team to victory over Pakistan with an unbeaten 82 and adding another fifty in the next game against the Netherlands after a prolonged batting slump. It was one of the most remarkable innings in “King Kohli’s” legendary career, and it came against Pakistan.
When India was down and out at 3-4 while attempting to score 160, Virat Kohli came to the rescue and led the side to victory off the final ball of a thrilling final over. With 28 runs still needed, he smashed Pakistani quick bowler Haris Rauf for two sixes in the penultimate over of furious hitting. Earlier, when Pakistan seemed poised for victory in front of 90,000 rowdy supporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, his methodical 113-run partnership with Hardik Pandya swung the momentum.