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T20 World Cup 2022: Virat Kohli becomes the top run-scorer in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli on Wednesday surpassed ICC Hall of Famer Mahela Jayawardena as the most prolific run-scorer in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history. Kohli went past the record of former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene who had scored 1016 runs in 31 innings which was set in 2014.

Kohli became the competition’s highest run-getter in only his 23rd innings, having scored 12 half-centuries. In comparison, Jayawardene had played 31 innings to set his record, though he faced fewer balls (754 balls) than Kohli did (773 balls).

Tucking Taskin Ahmed for a single off his hip Kohli edged past Jayawardena’s 1016 in 23 innings, eight innings quicker than the Sri Lankan, at an average of over 85 and a strike rate of 131. It came with KL Rahul at the other end, who vitally found form with a score of 50 from just 32 deliveries.

Kohli scored 185 runs in his maiden T20 World Cup in 2012 and was the competition’s top-scorer in 2014. Virat was also the second-highest run-getter in 2016. He was adjudged the Player of the Tournament in the 2014 and 2016 editions, making him the only male cricketer to win the award twice. His six Player-of-the-Match awards are also the most in the tournament’s history.

Kohli’s Performance in T20 World Cup 2022:

Kohli began the 2022 T20 World Cup on 845 runs and scored two consecutive unbeaten half-centuries against Pakistan and Netherlands. Virat Kohli was dismissed for 12 against South Africa. Those performances took him past Tillakaratne Dilshan (897), Rohit Sharma (904), and Chris Gayle (965) into the second position on the list of all-time run-scorers in the T20 World Cup, before he overtook Jayawardene during the game against Bangladesh.

In T20Is Kohli is approaching the 4000-run milestone in T20Is, and averages more than 50 with a strike rate of nearly 140.

Ian Smith On Virat Kohli:

Ian Smith raved about Kohli after his miraculous chase against Pakistan on a recent episode of The ICC Review.

“He’s a genius, the way he plays, and he’s a genius in the way he’s worked the game out. And he’s a genius in that he knows exactly what to do when to do it, and when to push the go button,” Kiwi great Smith said.

“When he finished, we had shots of him kneeling down and punching the pitch surface, punching it to relieve the pressure on himself.”

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