Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma’s record of most 50+ scores by any batter in T20I matches

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Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma's record of most 50+ scores by any batter in T20I matches
Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma's record of most 50+ scores by any batter in T20I matches

Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma’s record of most 50+ scores by any batter in T20I matches

With his impressive half-century against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup on Wednesday, Virat Kohli equalled Rohit Sharma’s tally of fifty or more T20I scores.

As India reached 192/2 while batting first against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup encounter in Dubai, Kohli stayed undefeated at 59 off 44 balls.

Kohli o level with Rohit Sharma for the most fifty-plus runs in T20Is with his second half-century of the season in 2022. In the format, this was Kohli’s 31st fifty-plus score. In T20Is, Rohit has four hundreds and 27 half-centuries.

Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma's record of most 50+ scores by any batter in T20I matches
Virat Kohli equals Rohit Sharma’s record of most 50+ scores by any batter in T20I matches

Babar Azam, David Warner, Martin Guptill, and Paul Stirling are the only other players to have more than 20 scores of fifty or more in T20Is. No other batter has more than 30 such scores.

Although Kohli has 31 such runs, he has not yet reached 100 in T20Is. In men’s T20Is, every other batter with 15 or more scores of fifty or higher has at least a hundred.

Player Hundreds Fifties Scores of fifty or more
Rohit Sharma 4 27 31
Virat Kohli 0 31 31
Babar Azam 1 26 27
David Warner 1 22 23
Martin Guptill 2 20 22
Paul Stirling 1 20 21

Not just Indian player Virat Kohli achieved a milestone. Skipper Rohit Sharma crossed 3,500 runs in the format, becoming the first men’s player, and second after Suzie Bates to get to the milestone in T20Is.

On Wednesday, Kohli’s fifty-run foundation helped India defeat Hong Kong, but it was Suryakumar’s incredible 26-ball 68* that enabled India to score 122 runs in the final 10 overs and give Hong Kong a challenging total.