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)
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
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