Creating records and Virat Kohli goes hand in hand and another record is waiting in the wing to be created by this Indian batting maestro when he will enter the field against West Indies in the third ODI here in Mumbai.
Kohli is just six runs away from completing 1000 T20I runs at home and if not when he scores 6 runs on Wednesday, he will become the first Indian cricketer to reach this milestone. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (1430) and Colin Munro (1000) are the only two batsmen in the world to achieve this feat at this point.
Indian skipper created a separate record in the second ODI when reclaimed the spot of highest run scorer in T20s from Indian team mate Rohit Sharma. While Kohli has scored 2,563 runs in the shortest format , Sharma has registered 2,562 runs in the format.The Indian captain was just three runs away from Rohits mark, when the innings started.
But Rohit, scored 15 runs before he was dismissed by Jason Holder in last T20. When Kohli came out to bat, he needed 18 runs to cross Rohit’s mark and become the leading-run scorer in the T20 format. Kohli was dismissed for 19 when he was caught by Lendl Simmons off Kesrick Williams. But he managed to crossing Rohit’s mark before he was dismissed.
India, on the other hand will have to improve their overall game if they are looking to avoid a series defeat at home against the unpredictable West Indies. India’s fielding level has been below par in this series and even Indian skipper asked for an a improvement in this area. India will have a chance to silence their doubters after the last T20 defeat in the series decider in Mumbai.