India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli surpasses Rohit Sharma in T20I elite list
Virat Kohli has a number of impressive records under his belt when it comes to the shorter format of cricket and the Indian cricket team skipper added another one to his illustrious list during the first T20I encounter against West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday. Kohli slammed 94 off just 50 deliveries to register his 23rd 50+ score - a record in T20Is as he surpassed compatriot Rohit Sharma in the list. It was a special knock from the India skipper as he dominated the Windies bowlers and thanks to his innings, the hosts were able to chase down a target of 208.
Most 50+ scores in T20Is
23 Virat Kohli
22 Rohit Sharma
17 Martin Guptill
16 Paul Stirling/ David Warner
The innings was also enough to earn him the Man of the Match award at the end of the encounter and as a result, he now has 12 MOMs to his name - a record along with Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi.
Kohli’s highest T20 score anchored India’s chase of the 208-run target with eight balls to spare. The skipper hit six fours and another six sixes as his 35-ball half-century led India to 209-4 in 18.4 overs.
It was the highest T20 total chased down by India, going past the 207 versus Sri Lanka in Mohali in 2009.
“I didn’t want to put pressure on Rahul but I couldn’t get going properly,” Kohli said. “I don’t have to change much (in my batting) across formats. I just concentrate on doing the job instead of hitting (the ball) in the air. I played according to the situation in the second half (of my innings).”
It was the 23rd time he made fifty-plus in T20 cricket, the most by any batsman.
The West Indies scored 207-5 after it was sent in to bat. Shimron Hetmyer (56) scored his maiden T20I half-century.