Virat Kohli, the Indian batting superstar, has reached yet another major batting milestone in the shortest format of the game. He became the first T20I batter to score 4,000 runs on November 10 at the Adelaide Oval, his happy hunting ground. Virat has now scored 4,008 runs in 107 innings across 115 matches played to date. He was batting at the score of 50 runs in the second semifinal against England when he crossed the landmark.
India lost KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Suryakumar Yadav in less than 12 overs after being put in to bat first. Jos Buttler, the England captain, won the toss and decided to bowl against India in the second semifinal of the T20 World Cup. Pakistan has already qualified for the final after beating New Zealand yesterday.
The 34-year-old right-handed batsman has been in excellent form during the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He is the leading run scorer in this year’s T20 World Cup, in T20 World Cup history overall, and in the game’s shortest format. Even as openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struggled to get going consistently, the star batter has served as an anchor for India’s batting line-up.
During India’s T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan on October 23, Virat surpassed Indian captain Rohit Sharma to take the top spot in the list of leading run scorers. On November 2, in the team’s fourth game against Bangladesh, Virat broke Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene’s record for most runs in T20 World Cup history.
Virat is followed in the list of highest T20I run scorers by his long-time India teammate and captain Rohit Sharma, who has 3853 runs to his name. Martin Guptill, the senior opening batter for New Zealand, is in third place. With his match-winning fifty against New Zealand in the first semifinal on November 9, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam has soared to the fourth place.