New Zealand opener Martin Guptill went past Indian batsman, Virat Kohli’s tally of 3227 runs to become the highest run-scorer in Men’s T20 Internationals.
The experienced batsman needed 11 runs to go past Kohli ahead of the second T20I between New Zealand and India. He managed to do it in the first innings during his 31-run knock.
With that, he now has 3248 runs, 21 more than Kohli. Current T20I skipper, Rohit Sharma, is third in the list with 3086 runs. Guptill also holds the record for the highest number of the sixes in the shortest format of the game.
“The other night we were a bit short of where we wanted to be” – Martin Guptill
Ahead of the second match, Martin Guptill said that the team couldn’t get to the total they wanted. They scored 172 in their innings in Jaipur which was chased down by the Indian team in the final over.
“We got to the knockout stage in the T20 World Cup, so that was good. The other night we were just a little short of where we wanted to be with the bat. It’s all about contributing to the team and doing whatever I can to get us to win.”
“I contributed a bit with the bat in the T20 World Cup and took it very deep against Scotland. I just want to go out tonight and do the same things that I have been doing. There is no guarantee in T20 cricket,” Guptill had said ahead of the game.
In the second T20I, Harshal Patel is making his debut for India while New Zealand made three changes in the side. Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked the Kiwis to bat first.