Former India captain Virat Kohli surpassed legendary Indian batter and current Team India head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday to become the sixth highest points scorer in international cricket history. The Indian star batter reached this milestone in his match’s match against arch-rivals Pakistan at the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
In the match, Kohli turned back the clock to show his older self, scoring unbeaten 82 off 53 balls with six fours and four sixes. His knock helped his side achieve a memorable victory over their arch-rivals.
Now Virat ranks sixth among the highest points scorers in international cricket. In 528 games he scored 24,212 runs at an average of 53.80. 71 centuries and 126 half-centuries have sprung from his club, with the best score of 254 not out.
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On the other hand, Rahul Dravid has now dropped to seventh position among the leading points scorers in the history of the sport. In 509 appearances, Dravid has scored 24,208 points with an average of 45.41. 48 centuries and 146 half-centuries have been scored by the best hitter, with the best individual score of 270.
Most runs in international cricket are scored by legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar (34,357), followed by legendary Sri Lankan goalkeeper-batter Kumar Sangakara (28,016), Australian great Ricky Ponting (27,483), Sri Lankan batter Mahela Jayawardene ( 25,957) and South African all-round great Jacques Kallis (25,534).
Coming to the game, India is on top of Group 2 with two points with this win. Leading the way by India, Pakistan came with 159/8 in their 20 overs. Shan Masood (52) and Iftikhar Ahmed (51) scored solidly for half a century, but Pakistan continued to lose wickets consistently.
A 76-point tie between Masood and Ahmed was crucial for Pakistan. Hardik Pandya (3/30) and Arshdeep (3/32) shone for India with the ball. Shami and Bhuvneshwar also got a wicket each.
In the pursuit of 160, India was reduced to 31/4 in less than seven overs. From then on, Virat and Hardik started rebuilding the game, with a score of 113 points. Pandya was sacked for 40, but Virat went undefeated, scoring 82 from 53 balls with six fours and four sixes to lead his team to a four-wicket victory. Virat was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’ for his knock.
(with ANI inputs)