Virat Kohli becomes 2nd highest run-getter in T20Is, becomes 1st Indian to breach 7,000 runs in T20s

Virat Kohli also completed 200 fours in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and only second to Tillakaratne Dilshan in the world to hit the most number of fours

Virat Kohli has reached another milestone while batting against New Zealand in the 2nd T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on November 4. Kohli has become the first Indian batsman and 8th across the world to score 7000 runs in twenty20 cricket. He also became the second highest run-getter in T20Is, only second to Brendon McCullum. Before the Rajkot T20I, Kohli had 6990 runs in T20 cricket and 1878 runs in T20Is to his name. Also, during this game, Virat completed 200 fours in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and only second to Tillakaratne Dilshan in the world in the list of most number of fours.

Following is the list of players who are ahead of Virat Kohli in terms of most number of runs scored in T20 cricket. ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle is leading the table with 10,571 runs in his kitty.

SL No Batsman No. of Matches Innings Runs
1 Chris Gayle 309 303 10571
2 Brendon McCullum 297 292 8245
3 Kieron Pollard 387 348 7578
4 David Warner 238 237 7572
5 Brad Hodge 270 256 7338
6 Dwayne Smith 306 299 7270
7 Shoaib Malik 282 266 7226
8 Virat Kohli 224 211 7000*

(Table was updated when Kohli reached 7000 runs in Twenty20)

Let’s have a look at the top 5 highest run-getters in the Twenty20 Internationals:

SL No Batsmen Matches Innings Runs
1 Brendon McCullum 71 70 2140
2 Virat Kohli 54* 50 1913*
3 Tilakaratne Dilshan 80 79 1889
4 Martin Guptill 63* 61 1855
5 Shoib Malik 92 86 1821

(Table was updated when Kohli 2nd highest run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals)

He was ahead of Suresh Raina (6,872) who last played a twenty20 match in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held in April-May, 2017.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided the perfect start to the team as they added 105 runs for the first wicket. However, Munro went ahead to score a century and New Zealand posted a massive total of 196 runs by the end of 20 overs after losing just 2 wickets.

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