The batsman achieved this record during his team’s match with Pakistan in the Super 12 phase of the ICC T20 World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. (MCG).
In the match, Virat turned back the clock to show shades of his older self, scoring an unbeaten 82 off 53 balls with six fours and four sixes. His knock helped his team seal a memorable win over their arch-rivals.
In 110 appearances and 102 innings in the shortest format, Kohli has 3,794 runs at an average of 51.97. One century and 34 half-centuries were scored by the batsman in this format, with the best score being 122*.
Behind him in the T20I runs list are compatriot and captain Rohit Sharma (3,741), New Zealand veteran Martin Guptill (3,531), Pakistan star batsman Babar Azam (3,231) and Irish veteran Paul Stirling (3,119). .
With this win, India tops Group 2 with two points.
Batting first through India, Pakistan scored 159/8 in their 20 overs. Shan Masood (52) and Iftikhar Ahmed (51) scored solid half-centuries, but Pakistan kept losing wickets. A 76-run stand between Masood and Ahmed was decisive for Pakistan.
Hardik Pandya (3/30) and Arshdeep (3/32) shone for India with the ball. Shami and Bhuvneshwar also got a wicket each.
After 160, India were reduced to 31/4 in less than seven overs. From then on, Virat and Hardik started to rebuild the game and put on a 113-run stand. Pandya was dismissed for 40 but Virat finished unbeaten to score 82 off 53 balls with six fours and four sixes to guide his side to a four-wicket victory.
Virat got the ‘Man of the Match’ for his knock.
Brief Score: Pakistan 159/8 (Shan Masood 52*, Iftikhar Ahmed 51; Hardik Pandya 3-30) vs India: 160/6 (Virat Kohli 82*, Hardik Pandya 40, Haris Rauf 2/36).