Indian captain Virat Kohli pips Rohit Sharma to become leading run-getter in T20Is
Indian captain Virat Kohli was in phenomenal touch once again as he guided India to a comfortable seven-wicket win over South Africa in the 2nd T20I in Mohali on Wednesday. Kohli slammed a brilliant half-century in the process becoming the leading run-getter in T20Is by surpassing team-mate and deputy Rohit Sharma, who has now slipped to the second place in the elite list. Kohli scored a magnificent 72 off 52 balls as he overtook Rohit.
Kohli now has 2441 runs in T20Is - the most by any batsmen in the world. The Indian captain has scored those runs in just 71 games at an incredible average of 50.85 and a healthy strike rate of 135.91 including 22 fifties. He was closely following Rohit on the list of highest run-getters in T20I cricket and finally managed to overtake the Hitman on Wednesday. Rohit has 2434 runs in 97 T20I games and might leave Kohli behind once again in the ongoing series.
Chasing a modest target of 150 runs against South Africa in the 2nd T20I, Kohli took the charge for India after the early dismissal of Rohit, who was sent back by Andile Phehlukwayo after scoring run-a-ball 12. Kohli continued his fine form from the West Indies tour and showed flashes of brilliance in amazing stroke play as he toyed around with the South African bowling attack.
Kohli, who has made a habit of breaking records in every outing with the willow, achieved another staggering milestone in his career. His unbeaten 72 was laced with four fours and three sixes as he finished yet another chase for India, living up to his chase-master tag. Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan (40) added 61 runs for the second wicket before a stunning catch from David Miller sent the left-hander back in the hut.
However, there was no stopping to Kohli who continued to ton the bowlers around from one end. He joined forces with Shreyas Iyer to post an unbeaten stand of 47 runs for the 4th wicket and take India over the line comfortably with six balls to spare. After rain played spoilsport in Mohali, fans were treated to some Kohli masterclass as India took unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.