‘Never ever write off champions for they can come to bite you when you least expect them to’. Indian superstar Virat Kohli had registered three ducks in his last five International outings and many people were quick to jump to conclusions and write him off.
On Sunday, Virat Kohli once again proved the aforementioned fact right as he orchestrated yet another successful run-chase courtesy of his unbeaten 43-ball 79 and in the process, he added another feather to his already glorious cap by becoming the first batsmen in the history of the game to cross the landmark of 3000 International T20 runs.
The Indian captain joined former New Zealand swashbuckler Brendon McCullum as far as the list of first batsmen bringing up multiples of 1000 is concerned.
McCullum was the first cricketer to register 1000 and 2000 T20I runs. Virat Kohli, who also happens to be the fastest to 2000 T20I runs, achieved the landmark of Mount. 3000 in his 81st innings.
It was a typical inning by Virat where he ran hard between the wickets, played second fiddle to a rampaging Ishan Kishan at the other end before exploding in the end.
Records Virat Kohli holds in men's T20I cricket right now:
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Kohli had come into this game on the back of consecutive ducks in international cricket but as soon as he pulled Jofra Archer to pick up his first boundary, one felt that all the past baggage had been relieved off his shoulder.
He did get lucky though in the initial part of his innings when Jos Buttler dropped a regulation catch off Chris Jordan and there was no stopping the King after that. He brought up his 26th T20I fifty- the most by any batsmen- with a trademark six over deep mid-off and then proceeded to finish off the game with a Kohli-Esque flick and a pull for a four and a six.