In red-hot form, Virat Kohli will have a chance to cap off his monumental tour of South Africa on a high. The India skipper has looked in exquisite form in the rainbow nation and has been on a record-breaking spree.
Earlier this month, he became the first India skipper to lead the nation to a bilateral ODI series win on the African soil. The Men in Blue had thoroughly outplayed the Proteas to win the series 5-1. And Kohli had led his team from the very front in the series, thus breaking a plethora of batting records.
The right-handed batsman became the first batsman ever to score 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series. He had finished the series with a staggering 558 runs including three centuries. He also became the first Indian to score three centuries in a bilateral series. The batting star had also finished the Test series as the top run-scorer.
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The Indian star has not quite managed to set the stage on fire in the ongoing T20I series. So far, he has scored only 26 and 1 in the first two games. However, he will have a chance to finish the series on a high and create a handful of records.
Kohli is just 17 runs short of becoming the first Indian to score 2,000 T20I runs and the third overall. So far, he has amassed 1,983 runs in 57 T20Is at an average of 50.85. New Zealand duo Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum are one and two, respectively on the list of highest run-scorer. Guptill has scored 2,271 in 75 matches at an average of 34.40 while McCullum has 2,140 runs in 71 matches at an average of 35.66.
Kohli is 129 runs short of scoring 1,000 runs in total in South Africa. If he manages to score the required runs, it will make him only the second batsman in the history of cricket to do so on an international tour. So far, he has scored a staggering 871 runs on the tour.
Only West Indian legend Viv Richards has managed to score 1,000 or more runs on an international tour. The batting stalwart had achieved the feat in 1976 when he amassed a total of 1,045 runs on West Indies’ tour to England.
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