Virat Kohli Creates History Becoming First Cricketer To Play 200 T20 Matches For A Team
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Virat Kohli Creates History Becoming First Cricketer To Play 200 T20 Matches For A Team

Virat Kohli, IPL 2020, Shivam Dube, Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

The 31-year-old Indian captain Virat Kohli created another history on Thursday (15th October) evening as he became the first cricketer to appear in 200 T20 matches for a team. He creates this history after making his 200th T20 appearance for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

It is the 31st match of the IPL 2020 where Royal Challengers Bangalore are facing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah). It is the 204th T20 match for RCB while their long-standing captain Virat Kohli is playing his 200th T20 match for this team. During this match, Kohli becomes the first cricketer in T20 cricket history to play 200 matches for a team. After winning the toss in this historic match, RCB captain Kohli decided to bat first.

Virat Kohli, First cricketer, 200 T20 matches, 200th T20 match, RCB
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

A total of 15 teams have played 200 or more T20 matches, but Virat Kohli is the first cricketer to play 200 T20 matches for a team

Till the date, a total of 15 teams have managed to appear in at least 200 T20 matches, including three IPL teams (Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders). However, before Kohli’s latest match for RCB, there was no other player who played at least 200 T20 matches for a team.

Top 5 cricketers with most T20 matches for a team

Player Team Matches
Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 200
James Hildreth Somerset 196
MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 192
Samit Patel Nottinghamshire 191
Suresh Raina Chennai Super Kings 188

On the other hand, it is the 118th T20 match for Kohli as a captain of the RCB. Meanwhile, Kohli is playing his 185th IPL match for RCB, including playing as a captain in 118 IPL matches for this team.

Virat Kohli, First cricketer, 200 T20 matches, 200th T20 match, RCB
RCB captain Virat Kohli (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

In the meantime, it is Kohli’s 289th match in his T20 career. The right-handed batsman has scored 9156 runs (average 41.61; strike-rate 134.35) in his T20 career. In his overall T20 career, Kohli has scored 5 centuries and 66 half-centuries.

Virat Kohli, First cricketer, 200 T20 matches, 200th T20 match, RCB
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

The present Indian captain Virat Kohli has played 82 T20Is for the Indian national cricket team. He is the leading run-scorer in T20I history as the right-handed batsman has scored 2794 T20I runs (average 50.80; strike-rate 138.24), including 24 half-centuries.

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