Indian star batsman Virat Kohli on Wednesday became the highest run scorer in the history of the ICC T20 World Cup.
“Records are meant to be broken. There was always someone who was going to break my record and it’s you Virat, congratulations mate. Brilliant. You’ve always been a fighter. Form is temporary, class is permanent. Well done mate.” Jayawardene said in a video posted by ICC.
Virat achieved this record during his team’s crucial Group 2, Super 12 match of the tournament against Bangladesh in Adelaide, which India won.
He scored an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls in the match. His knock consisted of eight boundaries and a six. His strike rate during the innings was 145.45.
With this, Virat’s record in T20 WC – 1,065 runs in 23 innings over 25 matches at an average of 88.75. 13 half-centuries came from his bat, with the best score being 89*. His strike rate in the tournament is 132.46.
He surpassed Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 1,016 runs in 31 matches at an average of 39.07. One century and six half-centuries came off his bat in this tournament, with the best of 100.
Other top T20 World Cup batsmen are: West Indies legend Chris Gayle (965 runs), Indian captain Rohit Sharma (921) and Sri Lankan great Tilakaratne Dilshan (897).
Virat has been in fantastic form especially since the Asia Cup. During that tournament, he made his return to international cricket after a month, a break he took after months of battling inconsistent form.
Since then, Virat has scored 624 runs in 14 innings at an average of 78.00. One hundred and six fifties came from his bat, with a best of 122*.