Virat has a special achievement in T20 WC, no other player could achieve this feat

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. The 'fever' of ICC T20 World Cup 2024 is ready to hit the fans. The 9th T20 World Cup is going to start with a match between America and Canada. For the first time, 20 teams are participating in the tournament which have been divided into 4 groups. Team India, captained by Rohit Sharma, has been placed in Group 'A' along with Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and America. The top two teams from all four groups will make it to the Super 8.

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If any player has been in the news the most in the T20 World Cup, it is Virat Kohli. 'King Kohli' will play his sixth World Cup in 2024. He has been the top scorer twice in the tournament and the second highest run scorer once. He was the top scorer of the tournament in 2014 (319 runs) and 2022 (296 runs), while in 2016 he was second highest run scorer after Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal (295 runs). He scored 273 runs in this World Cup.

Not only this, Virat has been the highest run scorer for India in 4 out of 5 editions of the World Cup so far. Only the T20 World Cup 2021 was ordinary for him when he was able to score 68 runs in three innings of five matches at an average of 34. Virat also holds the record for scoring the most runs in a single edition of the T20 World Cup. In 2014, he scored 319 runs. No batsman has been able to score more runs than this in a T20 World Cup. Not only this, Virat is also the highest run scorer in the T20 World Cup. Kohli has scored 1141 runs in 25 innings of 27 matches of 5 T20 World Cups at an average of 81.5 and a strike rate of 131.3, remaining unbeaten 11 times. Which includes 14 half-centuries. Apart from him and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, no batsman has been able to score more than 1,000 runs in the tournament so far.

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Virat Kohli's runs in every World Cup
2012: 185 runs
2014 : 319 runs
2016 : 273 runs
2021 : 68 runs
2022 : 296 runs

The only cricketer to be named 'Player of the Tournament' twice

The discussion of Virat's playing skills does not end here. He is the only cricketer to become 'Player of the Tournament' twice in the history of T20 World Cup. Cricketers like Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Lasith Malinga and David Warner have performed brilliantly in the T20 World Cup, but none of them has become Player of the Tournament twice.

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Apart from Virat, no batsman became the top scorer twice
Apart from Kohli, no batsman has been able to achieve the feat of scoring the most runs in two editions of the T20 World Cup so far. In bowling, two players have definitely achieved this feat by taking the most wickets. In the 2007 and 2009 T20 World Cups, Pakistan's Umar Gul (13-13 wickets both times) became the overall highest wicket-taker, while in 2021 (16 wickets) and 2022 (15 wickets), Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga took the most wickets.

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T20 World Cup champion and player of the tournament so far
2007 : India – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
2009: Pakistan-Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)
2010 : England – Kevin Pietersen (England)
2012 : West Indies – Shane Watson (Australia)
2014: Sri Lanka – Virat Kohli (India)
2016: West Indies – Virat Kohli (India)
2021: Australia – David Warner (Australia)
2022: England- Sam Curran (England)

The unbeaten 82* against Pakistan is the best innings of this tournament!

Although Virat has played many unmatched innings in the T20 World Cup, but Virat's unbeaten innings of 82 runs (53 balls, 6 fours and four sixes) against arch-rival Pakistan in 2022 is considered by many cricket critics as the best innings of the tournament. This unmatched innings played under the heavy pressure of the India-Pakistan match has further increased Virat's 'stature'. Chasing Pakistan's score of 159 runs in the match, India won on the last ball despite losing four wickets for 31 runs and needing 54 runs in the last 24 balls. During this innings full of patience and aggression, Virat hit sixes while taking bowlers like Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi on the 'radar'. By the way, despite this great performance, the Indian team has not been able to win the T20 World Cup while Virat Kohli is in the team.

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