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Virat Kohli fastest ever to reach 2000 T20 International runs. Getty Images

The Indian Cricket team skipper, Virat Kohli becomes the second Indian cricketer to score 2000 T20I runs after Mithali Raj, as he remained unbeaten on 20 runs in the first T20I against England at the Old Trafford, Manchester.

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Meanwhile, India crossed down the target of 169 with ten balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. As a result, the visitors lead the three-match series 1-0.

However, on his way to scoring 20 runs, Kohli also became fourth male cricketer to reach the milestone. New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik are the other three to achieve this. The Indian skipper needed only eight runs before the start of the game at Manchester on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli missed the opportunity to achieve the feat in Ireland after he managed to score only nine runs from two games. However, Kohli was still the quickest to get to the 2000-run mark in the shortest format. He took only 60 matches and 56 innings to reach the landmark.

McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.

Stats: Virat Kohli Becomes the Quickest to Reach 2000 T20I Runs
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As it stands now, only McCullum, Guptill and Malik have more runs than him in this format. While McCullum has 2140 runs from 71 games, Guptill now has 2271 runs from 75 games.

The men in blues, meanwhile, started the tour on a high after thumping the in-form England.

They will be desperate to continue this form and seal the game in the next game. Furthermore, India will also play three-match ODI series and a five-match Test series on the two-month long tour.

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Ankush Das

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