After showcasing a rare batting failure in the first two games of the three-match T20I series against Australia, Indian run-machine Virat Kohli came up with another sublime knock against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday. Staging India’s impressive comeback with an on-song Suryakumar Yadav, Kohli amassed a match-winning fifty as Rahul Dravid-coached Team India outclassed Aaron Finch & his men in the final-over thriller at Hyderabad.
Synonymous with batting records in all the formats of the game, Virat Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid in an elite list on Sunday as he has overtaken Dravid’s run tally of 24,064 runs in international cricket. Team India head coach Dravid had scored more than 24k runs in 504 matches for the Asian giants from 1996 to 2012.
Virat Kohli scored 63 off 48 balls in the series decider to eclipse Dravid in the all-time list of India’s leading run-getters. Virat Kohli is already ahead of the likes of Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, and Virender Sehwag in the elite list. The former Indian skipper has amassed 24078 runs for Team India in 471 international games.
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Virat Kohli surpassed Rahul Dravid to become the second highest run-scorer for India in international cricket.
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Interestingly, the 33-year-old is only behind Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the list. Batting legend Tendulkar smashed 34,357 runs for Team India in 664 international matches. Batting maestro Virat Kohli has amassed 71 centuries and 125 half-centuries for India in international cricket.
Earlier, he ended his 1020-day century drought in the 2022 edition of the Asia Cup. Kohli has scored 3,660 runs for India in 107 T20Is and he is only behind Indian skipper Rohit, who is the all-time leading run-getter (3,694) in T20I cricket.
After the win in Hyderabad, Virat Kohli said, “The game shouldn’t have gone on that long, we should have probably had 4 or 5 to chase in the final over. It was important to maintain my composure and get one boundary (on that first-ball six in the 20th over). I’m happy with my contribution to the team, I took a break, went back to the nets, worked hard on my fitness and think it’s coming off well. I want to keep contributing and doing my best for the team.”