Why Kohli is an Ab­so­lute Freak

The cap­tain’s av­er­age bal­loons to a ridicu­lous 91.80 when In­dia bats sec­ond, 56 runs bet­ter than his first in­nings av­er­age (35.22)

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Kohli made his­tory when he brought up his 30th run in Mo­hali, be­com­ing the first player from In­dia to reach 1500 runs in T20Is. Eight other play­ers have crossed the land­mark, but no player has done it quicker than Kohli, who took just 39 in­nings.

For­get about the pitch, if you win the toss against In­dia bowl fi rst. It may just be the only way to stop Vi­rat Kohli.

Kohli played one of the great white ball in­nings in Mo­hali to knock Aus­tralia out of the World Twenty20, scor­ing a 51-ball 82 that amazed the crick­et­ing world but did not sur­prise it. Make no mis­take, the In­dian star is T20 in­ter­na­tional cricket’s great­est chaser. Hav­ing set In­dia 161 to win, Aus­tralia had its nose in front head­ing into the fi­nal five overs, with MS Dhoni’s side still need­ing an­other 59 runs to win. The only prob­lem for Steve Smith was that Kohli was still out there with Dhoni.

And the 27-year-old put his foot on the gas from there, scor­ing 45 runs from his next 19 balls, hit­ting seven bound­aries and one six in the fi­nal five overs.

Af­ter his lat­est mas­ter class we take a look at the sta­tis­tics that make Kohli T20I’s best bats­man and its great­est chaser.

KING OF THE CHASE

Kohli’s av­er­age bal­loons to a ridicu­lous 91.80 when In­dia bats sec­ond, 56 runs bet­ter than his first in­nings av­er­age (35.22). No player with a min­i­mum off 300 runs bat­ting sec­ond has a bet­ter av­er­age thanan Kohli (918 from 19 in- nings at 91.80), with Michael Hussey a dis­tant sec­ond (421 from 14 in­nings at 52.62). The In­dian’s num­bers ers are of course boosted by the he fact he has nine not outs in those 19 in­nings.

But it would be silly y to hold that against him con­sid­er­ing nsid­er­ing his strike rate in the e chase is more than good enough (132.65) and fin­ish­ingng un­beaten from first drop op is no easy feat. But what’s more re­mark­able is his av­er­age in n suc­cess­ful chases (737 runs from 15 in­nings at 122.83), whichch is the best among play­ers with a min­i­mum of 300 runs in this situation. tu­a­tion. Ku­mar San­gakkarara (355 runs from 10 in­nings at 88.75) is the next best.

Kohli also av­er­ages 228.50 across all chases in World T20 cricket.

GET HIM OUT OR ELSE

Kohli has fin­ished not out in 11 of his 39 in­nings. In­dia has w won all 11 of those

matches.

YET TO FAIL IN T THE CHASE

No player has crossedcr 20 on more oc­ca­sions in the sec­ondse in­nings than Kohli, who has ac achieved the feat 19 times. That mayma not sound like much of an a achieve­ment, but it means he’s ye yet to make less than 20 in the sec sec­ond in­nings. Bren­don McCul­lum boasts the next m most (18), but he bat­ted 38 ti­mes­tim in the chase for New Ze Zealand. McCul­lum still ho holds the record for the most-sec­ond inni nings runs (1006 at 33 33.53), but he won’t be on top for much lon longer; Kohli al­ready has 9 918.

THE QUICK­EST TO 1500 IN HIS­TORY

Kohli made h his­tory when he brought up his 3 30th run in Mo­hali, be­com­ing the firs first player from In­dia to reach 1500 ru runs in T20Is.

Eight other pl play­ers have crossed the land­mark, but no player has done it quicker thanth Kohli, who took just 39 in­nings. The pre­vi­ous­pre fastest was Chris Gayle, who passed 1500 in 44 in­nings. THE MOST 50+ SCORES IN A YEAR 2016 has been a spe­cial year for Kohli, even by his own lofty stan­dards. The bat­ting su­per­star has most runs and best av­er­age of any player in the for­mat this year (536 at 107.20 from 11 in­nings). And he has six half-cen­turies too. No player has ever hit as many in a calendar year, with the pre­vi­ous record for the most 50+ scores be­ing five. Four play­ers have achieved that feat, with Kohli do­ing it him­self in 2014, Sri Lanka’s Til­lakaratne Dil­shan and Ku­mar San­gakkara in 2009, and Gayle in 2012. Fox Sports

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