Virat Kohli set to play 100th T20I today: A look at the batter’s career in short

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Virat Kohli set to play 100th T20I today: A look at the batter's career in short
Virat Kohli set to play 100th T20I today: A look at the batter's career in short

Virat Kohli set to play 100th T20I today: A look at the batter’s career in short

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli is all set to play his 100th T20I match when he enters the field against Pakistan in the highly anticipated Asia Cup 2022 campaign opening today, making him the first Indian to play a century of matches in all formats of the sport at international level.

He has been one of India’s most dependable batsmen in the shortest version of the game ever since making his T20I debut against Zimbabwe back in 2010 and has great figures and some records to his name. With an unbeaten 26 off 21 balls in his first T20I game, Virat helped India win the contest by six wickets with a 64-run stand. Since that time, notably in T20Is, his stature in international cricket has significantly increased. Since that time, he has played 99 T20I matches for India, totaling 3,308 runs at an average of 50.12. The score of 94* is Virat’s personal best in this format. He has scored 30 half-centuries in this format, and although having a strike rate of 137.66, he has not yet reached the century mark.

He is his country’s second-highest run scorer and the third-highest run scorer in T20I cricket, behind only Martin Guptill of New Zealand and Rohit Sharma (3,487).

With 30, Virat ranks second among T20I players in fifty-plus scores. Rohit Sharma, his captain, comes in first with 31 fifty-plus runs and four hundreds.

He is the second-fastest batsman in T20I cricket to amass 1,000 runs (in 27 innings), 2,000 runs (in 56 innings), and 2,500 runs.

With 12, Virat has won the second-most “Player of the Match” honours in T20 Internationals, behind Afghanistan’s Mohammed Nabi Additionally, he has won seven “Player of the Series” honors, which is the most in the T20I format.

Virat enjoys the major events in life. He has excelled for India in ICC T20 World Cup competitions.

He participated in five games and scored 185 runs at an average of 46.25 during the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup. In the competition, he recorded two half-centuries, with his best score being 78*. He was one of the tournament’s top ten run scorers.

He excelled with the bat in the next two tournaments, in 2014 and 2016, and was the first player to win the title of “Man of the Tournament” thrice in T20 World Cup history.

He averaged 106.33 runs per game in six games in the 2014 edition. His bat produced four half-centuries, with a top score of 77. Sri Lanka defeated India in the tournament’s championship game.

Virat hit 273 runs in the following match in 2016, averaging 136.50. In five games, he produced three half-centuries, with his best score coming at 89*.

Virat was at his best throughout 2016, especially in T20Is. He averaged 106.43 runs per inning in 15 T20Is that year, scoring 641 runs in 13 innings. His bat produced seven half-centuries, with a top score of 90*. In T20Is, this is his best year to date.

The T20 World Cup 2021 was a letdown, though, as Kohli could only muster 68 runs in three innings at an average of 34.00, with one half-century. Team India was also eliminated in the group stages.

Virat has a stellar T20I record as a skipper. This outstanding batter captained his squad in 50 games between 2017 and 2021. In these 50 games, he has won 30, lost 16, and tied four. Two games have finished in ties, while another two have ended in a draw. In this style, he had a commanding 64.58 win percentage while serving as captain. He was India’s captain, but he was unable to lead India to the T20 World Cup.

Virat will face a lot of obstacles this time when he enters the field. His team must defeat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021, but he must also rediscover his best form.

The top batter has gone more than a thousand days without a world record.

Since his final international century in November 2019, Kohli has played a total of 27 T20Is, scoring 858 runs at an average of 42.90, for a total of 27 centuries. In this format, his highest mark is 94*. Since his last century in this style, he has hit eight half-centuries.

Since his previous international century, he has played in 68 international games across all forms and has amassed 2,554 runs in 82 innings at an average of 34.05. In all formats, he has hit 24 half-centuries.

2022 in particular has been very tough for Virat.

Virat has only participated in four T20I matches for his team this year. During which he has scored 81 runs at a below-average average of 20.25. His 52 score this year is his best in the format.

He has played for India in 16 matches across all forms this year, however in 19 innings, he has only managed to score 476 runs at a poor average of 25.05. Only four half-centuries, with a top score of 79, have come off his bat.

All eyes will be riveted to the televisions today, and fans are praying that Virat scores a major goal and that India avenges their previous loss to Pakistan.