Having already played two match-winning knocks (82* and 62*) in the ongoing World Cup, Kohli failed to continue his sublime touch making just 12 off 11 balls before being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi .
MILESTONE ALERT 🚨Virat Kohli becomes second player to score 1000 runs in Men’s #T20WorldCup 🙌 https://t.co/IcijlHoqWH
— ICC (@ICC) 1667130253000
Kohli now has 1,001 runs in 24 matches in T20 World Cups and is 16 runs shy of former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena’s record of 1,016 runs in 31 matches.
West Indies’ Chris Gayle is third on the list with 965 runs in 33 matches, while Indian captain Rohit Sharma is fourth with 919 runs in 36 matches.
1⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ runs in the #T20WorldCup! 👌 👌 Well done @imVkohli! 🙌 🙌Follow the game ▶️ https://t.co/KBtNIjPFZ6… https://t.co/UY9w3nKI4x
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1667129560000
Despite a sluggish start to the year, the 33-year-old Kohli found his rhythm in the Asia Cup and in the bilateral series matches against Australia and South Africa that preceded the competition.
His unbeaten knock of 82 earned praise from all quarters, with former Australian Greg Chappell describing his innings as a “song by God”. Chappell also called Kohli the “most complete Indian batsman” of his time.