Indian skipper Virat Kohli breaks plethora of records as India go 1-0 up vs South Africa in T20I series
On September 12 (Thursday), Virat Kohli's throwback tweet triggered needless speculation of MS Dhoni's retirement. In Kohli's post, he recalled a memorable six-wicket win over Australia from the World Twenty20 (2016) when the one-time champions eliminated the Men in Yellow in a virtual eliminator in Mohali. It was Kohli's 82 not-out that led his side to victory in a tough run-chase.
Ironically, Kohli returned back to the same ground on Wednesday (September 18) when India commenced their home season versus South Africa in the penultimate T20I of the three-match series. After a washed-out series opener in Dharamshala, the crowd were hoping for Kohli-magic and they weren't disappointed. It was another one-man show from the 30-year-old to help India take an unassailable lead in the series by virtue of a seven-wicket win.
Kohli's pleasant evening commenced with the coin toss where he invited Quinton de Kock and Co to bat first. Later, he got rid of his counterpart with a splendid one-handed catch and restrict the opposition's run-flow. In pursuit of 150, the right-hander stood firm between Proteas and a win with a sublime 72 not-out (four fours and three sixes) to lead by example.
In the process, Kohli also broke a plethora of records, which has become a norm in his illustrious cricketing career with every outing in the 22-yard circle. Courtesy his unbeaten knock, he toppled Rohit Sharma (2434) to become the highest run-scorer in the shortest format. His tally now reads 2441. In addition, he also registered his 22nd fifty, the most in the format.
Further, Kohli also ended with the Man-of-the-Match award. Thus, he now has most such awards from Team India with his tally extending to 11. Overall, he is second in the list after Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi (12) and tied with former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi (11).
"I got a bit of motivation from that (recalling the Mohali win from 2016). When you play like that and win a game for your team, it is always a good feeling. That night was a revelation of how fit you can be on a cricket field," stated Kohli in the post-match presentation, followed by a special post on Twitter:
I love this game— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 18, 2019
See you in Bengaluru #INDvSApic.twitter.com/R07Dz4VFlF
At 30, Kohli is at the peak of his career. His recent heroics once again proved that his grace, hunger and tenacity has remained intact despite that inspirational win, three years down the line versus Australia. He just keeps going on and on and on.