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Virat Kohli Makes History: First Indian with 12,000 T20 Runs

Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to score 12,000 runs in T20 cricket matches and create a record
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Introduction of Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to score 12,000 runs in T20

Virat Kohli has become a record machine. Whether his team wins or not, he keeps performing and also keeps up the record-making journey. Yesterday, in the RCB vs CSK match, RCB failed to bag the match, however, he created another record. He made 12,000 runs in the T20 format and became the 1st Indian to score 12,000 runs in T20 cricket matches. Additionally, he is the second-fastest batter after Gayle to record the feat. Let’s dive into the details of the record & the match. Stay with sprintersgames.in to get all the sports updates on time.

“King” Kohli touched this feat in the opening match of the IPL 2024 against Chennai Super Kings. The venue of the match was MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Kohli reached the milestone when he touched six runs during the season-opening contest.

This 35-year-old run machine of Team India is the 6th batsman of the World to touch this feat and the first Indian batter as well. 

Only Gayle is ahead:

Virat Kohli touched the mark of the 12,000 T20 runs in his 360th T20 innings. However, let us inform you he is holding the second position. The first position is occupied by Chris Gayle. Chris Gayle reached the feat in only 343 innings. After this record, Kohli pushed David Warner down to three, the Australian having achieved the landmark in 368 innings.

So basically, right now the list is very simple-

Chris Gayle– 343 innings

Virat Kohli– 360 innings

David Warner– 368 innings

Well, in this case, another India skipper is waiting at the door and the name is Rohit Sharma. He has 11,156 T20 runs. Will he be able to reach this feat? 

Apart from that Shikhar Dhawan is also on the list. He has 9645 runs in 329 matches.

When & how did it happen?

The run machine of Team India touched this feat in the seventh over of the CSK vs RCB IPL match.

Kohli started slowly and with skipper Faf du Plessis took the score to 41 before RCB lost their first wicket. Faf, who blasted eight boundaries in his 23-ball 35, was superbly taken by Rachin Ravindra off Mustafizur Rahman.

Kohli’s first attempt to hit a boundary was off his 14th ball, in the tenth over. He picked up a half-tracker from mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana and walloped a six over midwicket. But RCB lost Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell and Kohli got out in quick succession as RCB slumped to 77/4 in the 12th over.

An overview of Kohli in T20:

Kohli has scored eight centuries and 91 fifties so far in the T20 cricket. Well, this data does not justify the talent of Kohli.

Kohli was the quickest to 11,000 T20 runs, having scaled the mark in only 353 matches. The 35-year-old has eight T20 hundred, the most among all Indians, with a career-best knock of 122 not out. Kohli holds several T20 records and is the leading run-getter in T20Is (4037) and T20 World Cups (1141).

This iconic cricket star of India made his T20 debut on 3rd April 2007. He played his debut match for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in the Inter-State Twenty-20 Tournament, later renamed the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy. He made 35 in the match.

Most runs in T20:

Chris Gayle – 14562 runs

Shoaib Malik – 13360 runs

Kieron Pollard – 12900

Alex Hales – 12319

David Warner – 12065

Virat Kohli – 12000*

Virat Kohli IPL statistics:

Total matches: 239 matches

Total innings:  230 innings

Total runs: 7,284 runs

Average:  37.24, with a strike rate of 130.02

Centuries: 7

50ties: 50

Total wickets: 4

Although his highest score in IPL is 113, however, back in 2016 he scored 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and this is his highest in a single season.  In that specific season, he scored four 100s and seven fifties. His lowest score in a single season is 3017 runs at an average of 27.90. He made his debut in the year 2008 and still rocking.

Every match is a milestone for Kohli:

In this match, Kohli has made another record. Kohli also accomplished another milestone in yesterday’s match. Kohli completed 1,000 runs against Chennai Super Kings.

The right-arm batter has scored 1,006 runs in 32 matches against CSK at an average of 37.25, with nine half-centuries in 31 innings. His best score is 90*.

However, the most runs by a batter against an opposition in IPL belongs to Delhi Capitals’ (DC) batter David Warner, who has scored 1,075 runs against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at an average of 44.79 and a strike rate of over 145.

Wish from the team:

RCB management is very happy with this feat. They have wished Virat on X (formerly known as Twitter)

First Indian to reach the 12000 T20 runs milestone #PlayBold #ನಮ್ಮRCB #IPL2024 #CSKvRCB #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/Dh5rCn6nzl

– Royal Challengers Bengaluru (@RCBTweets) March 22, 2024

Final words: Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to score 12,000 runs in T20

We are blessed to have this talent in our country. Many, many congratulations Virat. Keep up your hard work. We are looking forward to more records like this.

Some common FAQs:

When did Virat Kohli make his T20 debut?

Kohli made his T20 debut on 3rd April 2007, for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in the Inter-State Twenty-20 Tournament.

When did Kohli make his Test debut?

On June 20, 2011, Virat Kohli made his Test debut. He made his debut against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

What is the total score of Virat Kohli in the test format?

Virat Kohli has played 113 Test matches till now and he has 8848 runs in his bag.

What is the total score of Virat Kohli in the ODI format?

Virat Kohli has played 292 ODI matches till now and he has scored a total of 13,848 runs in this format.

What is the highest score of Virat Kholi in the T20I format?

His best score is 122 not out.

Who is the highest run scorer in the T20 history?

Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals, with 4,037 runs.

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