Virat Kohli crosses 1000 runs in a calendar year for the first time since 2019 | Cricket News


SYDNEY (Australia): Indian star batsman Virat Kohli has crossed 1,000 runs in 2022 after failing to reach the four-figure mark for two consecutive years.
Virat achieved this landmark during his team’s Group 2, Super 12 match against The Netherlands of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Virat scored an unbeaten 62 off 44 balls in the match. His knock consisted of three boundaries and two sixes.
This year, the batsman has scored 1,024 runs in 28 matches over 31 innings at an average of 39.38. One century and nine half-centuries came from his bat, with the best score being 122*.

He failed to reach 1,000 runs in 2020 and 2021, during which he struggled with inconsistent form with the bat.
In the year 2020, Virat scored 842 runs in 22 matches over 24 innings at an average of 36.60. Seven half-centuries came from his bat, with the best score being 89.
Next year saw a slight improvement in his statistics, with the batsman scoring 964 runs in 24 matches over 30 innings at an average of 37.07. He managed 10 half-centuries during the year, with an individual best of 80*. But the four-figure mark could not be achieved by the batsman, who touched it almost every year for fun.
Things were also looking very bad for this prolific batsman this year until he took a break after India’s tour of England in July.
Virat made his comeback to the national team during the Asia Cup 2022 and has been in blistering form ever since. He was able to score his highly anticipated 71st international ton after a gap of over 1,000 days.
He finished as the second highest run-scorer in the tournament, with 276 runs in five innings at an average of 92.00. One century, an unbeaten 122* and two half-centuries came from his bat.
In the following home series against Australia and South Africa, Kohli continued his solid run with two more half-centuries.
In the ongoing T20 World Cup, he was India’s leading run-scorer and overall fourth highest run-scorer. He scored 144 runs in two matches, with unbeaten half-centuries in both. His knock of 82* in the instant classic against Pakistan made an immediate impact in world cricket, with many hailing his performance as one of his best.
Since his return, Virat has scored 548 runs in 12 innings at an average of 78.28. One century and five half-centuries have been scored by him since his return, with the best score being 122*.
In particular, Virat has experienced many phenomenal phases in his career, including four consecutive calendar years with 2000-plus runs, ie: 2,595 runs (2016), 2,818 (2017), 2,735 (2018) and 2,455 (2019).


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