Courtesy of the match-winning knock in the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka on Wednesday (September 6), India captain Virat Kohli has become the batsman with most runs while chasing in T20Is. Kohli also became only the second player to cross the 1,000-run mark in the shortest format of the game while batting second.
Kohli walked into bat when Rohit Sharma fell early in the chase of a challenging 171. India soon finds itself in further trouble when another opener KL Rahul also departed soon, leaving the team reeling at 42 for two. But Kohli, fresh from his two consecutive centuries in the ODI series, started from where he had left in the 50-over format and played a brilliant knock of 82 to help the team chase down the total with ease.
He was well-supported by Manish Pandey who remained unbeaten on 51. The duo added 119 runs for the third wicket before Iduru Udana dismissed Kohli with the visitors needing just ten more runs to win.
And during his impressive knock, Kohli achieved two more milestones. Apart from becoming only the second player after Brendon McCullum to cross the four-digit mark while chasing, he also left behind the former New Zealand skipper to become the leading run-scorer in T20Is while chasing. Barring Kohli and McCullum, no player has even crossed the 900-run mark with Australia opener David Warner third on the list with 892 runs followed by Martin Guptill and Mohammad Shahzad.
Here is the list of leading run-scorers in T20Is while chasing:
|V Kohli (INDIA)||25||21||1016||82*||84.66|
|BB McCullum (NZ)||38||38||1006||81*||33.53|
|DA Warner (AUS)||35||35||892||77||27.03|
|MJ Guptill (NZ)||33||31||882||101*||35.28|
|Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)||27||27||819||80||32.76|
|EJG Morgan (ENG)||38||36||811||71*||31.19|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||44||39||804||75||34.95|
|AD Hales (ENG)||25||25||799||116*||39.95|
|TM Dilshan (SL)||34||33||781||83*||30.03|
|SR Watson (AUS)||34||32||780||72||26|
Kohli also surpassed Martin Guptill to become the third highest run-scorer in the 20-over format. The Indian star is now only behind Tillakaratne Dilshan and Brendon McCullum.
List of leading run scorers in T20Is:
|BB McCullum (NZ)||71||70||2140||123||35.66|
|TM Dilshan (SL)||80||79||1889||104*||28.19|
|V Kohli (INDIA)||50||46||1830||90*||53.82|
|MJ Guptill (NZ)||61||59||1806||101*||34.73|
|Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)||58||58||1779||118*||32.34|
|Umar Akmal (PAK)||82||77||1690||94||26.82|
|DA Warner (AUS)||63||63||1686||90*||28.1|
|JP Duminy (SA)||71||65||1683||96*||38.25|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||86||80||1625||75||28.01|
|Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)||78||76||1619||86||22.48|