10 Virat Kohli Stats That Will Amaze You

    Virat Kohli has moved past his image of that boisterous, rebellious and aggressive kid who was fined for showing his middle finger to the crowd while fielding at the boundary in Australia and has established himself as one of the best batsmen ever not only in India but around the world. The prodigal son has moved on to great heights from humble beginnings as he lost his father when he was only 18 years old. That moment turned out to be the turning point of his life as he became more mature and responsible overnight and started playing to fulfil his father’s dreams. Though he hovered around the fringes of the Indian National team for the next few years, his 398 runs from 7 matches at the Emerging Players Tournament in 2009 fetched him the recognition from the national selectors and he went on to cement his place in the Indian national team. Kohli has always been a born leader and this trait was noticed quite early by the selectors who thought of him as the heir apparent to Dhoni and instated him as the vice-captain quite early into his playing career. And whenever given a chance to lead the side in the absence of Dhoni, Kohli came off scoring more than justa handful of runs. It has always been like Kohli excelled under immense pressure and went that extra mile to prove his doubters wrong time and again! Despite always being in the limelight, there are still a few statistics about this superb batsman which we reckon would still amaze you.

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    10600 T20 Runs in a Calendar Year

    Virat Kohli became the first batsman in the world to score 600 runs in T20 internationals in a calendar year. He achieved the feat with an average of 106.83 at a strike rate of a whopping 140.26. The swanky batsman from Delhi played 15 T20 internationals in 2016 and scored half centuries in 7 out of them amassing 641 runs in 2016. He started 2016 with a 3 match T20 series against Australia in Australia. In the 1st T20 at Adelaide, he scored 90 runs off 55 deliveries to take India to 188 off 20 overs after India had been inserted by Australia. India won the T20 by 37 runs as Australia were bundled out for 151.

    In the 2nd T20 at Melbourne, Australia again won the toss and elected to bowl. Virat followed up his 90 with a score of unbeaten 59 off 33 deliveries to take India to 184 aided by 60 from Rohit Sharma. Australia could only manage 157 in response and lost by 27 runs. Australia won the toss again at Sidney and opted to bat this time around. They posted a mammoth total of 197 courtesy of a century from Shane Watson. India chased the total with 7 wickets still in hand. Rohit Sharma top scored with 52 as Kohli scored 50 off 36 deliveries and Raina saw India home with an unbeaten 49.

    The series in Australia was followed by the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and UAE were the teams participating in the Asia Cup 2016. India won their first match against Bangladesh after they had posted 166 in the 1st inning thanks to a score of 83 by Rohit Sharma and Bangladesh could only manage 121. Kohli as dismissed for only 7 runs in the match. In their 2nd match against Pakistan, India chased down a target of 84 runs to win the match by 5 wickets as Kohli finished at 49 off 51 deliveries and no other batsman could manage more than 15 runs. India then chased down a total of 138 runs against Sri Lanka thanks to an unbeaten 56 by Virat Kohli.

    In their last league match, Virat Kohli did not need to bat as the total of 81 by UAE was chased with the loss of 1 wicket. India faced Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup and Bangladesh managed to put up a score of 120 in their inning which had to be reduced to 15 overs due to rains. In response, India chased down the score in 13.5 overs with Kohli unbeaten on 41 as Shikhar Dhawan top scored with a score of 60.

     
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