'No one becomes Virat just like that', 'King Kohli''s bat thundered in T20 WC

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. As IPL 2024 is progressing, discussions regarding the T20 World Cup are beginning to gain momentum. ICC has set the deadline of May 1 for the announcement of the teams participating in this big event of world cricket. The selection committee of BCCI led by Ajit Agarkar can announce the 15-member Indian team this month. The final of IPL is on 26th May, immediately after the conclusion of this T20 league, the fever of T20 World Cup will take hold of world cricket. The inaugural match of the ICC T20 World Cup, being jointly hosted by West Indies and America, will be held between America and Canada on June 1.

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The T20 World Cup was first organized in 2007 in which the Indian team became the champion by defeating Pakistan by 5 runs. The tournament has been organized eight times so far. West Indies and England have become champions twice each, while India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia have captured the trophy once each. Even though teams from outside Asia have become champions twice in the ICC World Cup, Asian batsmen have dominated in terms of runs. So far in the eight-time history of the tournament, an Asian player has achieved the distinction of scoring the most runs six times. Team India's Virat Kohli is dominating the run race, he is the only player to become the top batsman twice in the tournament.

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Virat Kohli's bat dominance

It is Virat's habit to give the best on special occasions. Although 'King Kohli' has a great average (51.75) in T20I itself, but in the T20 World Cup, he takes his performance to a different level. Virat is the only batsman from the full member countries to have an average of 50+ in T20 International. His run average in the T20 World Cup is 81.50. There is a huge difference in the run average between Virat and the other four among the top 5 batsmen who scored the most runs in the T20 World Cup. While the other four batsmen coming after Virat – Mahela Jayawardene, Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma and Tillakaratne Dilshan have scored runs at an average between 30 to 40, Virat's run average is more than double theirs. The special thing is that Kohli has scored these runs at an excellent strike rate of 131.30 and the team has won on most of the occasions.

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Top 5 batsmen of T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli (India) – 1141 runs (average 81.50, strike rate 131.30)
Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 1016 runs (average 39.07, strike rate 134.74)
Chris Gayle (Indies) – 965 runs (average 34.46, strike rate 142.75)
Rohit Sharma (India) – 963 runs (average 34.39, strike rate 127.88)
T Dilshan (Sri Lanka) – 897 runs (average 30.93, strike rate 124.06)

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Scored the most runs in the least number of matches

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Among the top 5 batsmen in the T20 World Cup, Virat has played the least number of matches and scored the most runs, which shows the specialty of his consistent performance in batting. Virat has been playing T20 WC since 2012 and this year this will be his sixth tournament. While he has scored 1141 runs in just 27 matches in the tournament, second placed Jayawardene took 31 runs to reach 1016 runs, Gayle took 33 runs to reach 965 runs, Rohit took 33 more runs to reach 963 runs. Dilshan had to play 39 matches to reach 963 runs. Out of the top 5 batsmen, only Rohit and Virat are currently active in international cricket. Among the current players, only Rohit Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan have played in every T20 World Cup since 2007.

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Virat has been the highest run-scorer batsman twice in the T20 World Cup. He was on top by scoring 319 runs in 2014 and 296 runs in 2022. Not only this, Virat was the number two batsman in the 2016 T20 World Cup after scoring 273 runs in five matches at an average of 136.50 after Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal (295 runs). In the 2012 T20 World Cup, Virat was at number 7 in terms of runs by scoring 185 runs in 5 matches at an average of 46.25. So far, he has failed to bat in five T20 World Cups in 2021. In this tournament held in Dubai, Virat Kohli had scored 68 runs while remaining unbeaten once in three innings of five matches and could not even make it to the top 20 batsmen.

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Virat also has the record of most runs in one season of T20 WC.
The record of most runs in one season of T20 World Cup is also in the name of Virat. In the 2014 T20 World Cup, he remained unbeaten thrice in six innings of six matches and scored 319 runs at an average of 106.33. The second highest scorer in a tournament is Dilshan of Sri Lanka who scored 317 runs at an average of 52.83 in the 2009 season. Pakistan's Babar Azam, who scored 303 runs in six matches of the 2022 T20 World Cup, is at third place in this matter. In 2014, despite Virat's 319 runs, the Indian team had to face defeat by Sri Lanka in the final. King Kohli: In all the T20 World Cups played so far, the Indian team has never been able to become champion. Virat would like to end this 'drought' with a brilliant batting performance in the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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