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Virat Kohli surpasses David Warner to enter sensational T20 batting elite list

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 March 2022, 12:51 IST
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Former Indian captain Virat Kohli scripting a record has been a regular sight in the cricketing world. Rarely has the Indian run machine stepped on the field and not broken a record or re-written history books. Sunday night at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai was another such day as he went past Australia T20 great to enter a sensational batting list during Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) clash against Punjab Kings (PBKS) where he scored a quickfire 41 runs.

Spotlights were on Virat Kohli as he walked in to bat after opener Anuj Rawat's dismissal as the 33-year-old was playing for RCB as a player for the first time since giving up the captaincy role at the end of IPL 2021 season. He knocked 2 sixes and a boundary in his 29-ball 41 runs and was also part of a century stand alongside new captain Faf du Plessis as RCB posted a massive total of 205 for two in stipulated 20 overs.

During the knock, Virat Kohli leapfrogged David Warner to become the fifth-highest run-getter in T20 cricket. Kohli's total now stands at 10314 runs in 310 innings, which remains the highest ever by an Indian batsman while Warner stands sixth with 10308 runs.

The 33-year-old now stands 130 runs behind Australia's Aaron Finch, who has cumulated 10444 runs in his career. The T20 run-scoring chart is still led by Chris Gayle (14562 runs), followed by Shoaib Malik (11698 runs) and Kieron Pollard (11430 runs).

The former Indian skipper also remains the highest run-scorer in IPL history as he went past his tally to 6324 runs in 208 matches. Virat Kohli also managed to become the only cricketer in the history of IPL to bat in 200 innings for a single franchise.

With regards to the match, which was a high-scoring thriller in Mumbai, PBKS chased down the total with an over to spare.

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First published: 28 March 2022, 12:51 IST