India’s Virat Kohli’s recent form in T20Is is stuff legends are made of. It can be easily termed Bradmanesque as Kohli is topping every batting chart in T20Is with some unbelievable statistics. While Bradman is synonymous with 99.94, Kohli too is rewriting record books with similar statistics.
This year, Kohli has been in superb form in T20Is, clocking a batting average of 103.66 in 6 matches, with four scores of fifty. He aggregates 311 runs with a highest of 90 not out against Australia at Adelaide. He has won four man of the match awards in 6 T20Is he has played this year.
Thanks to his Bradmanesque consistency in T20Is, Kohli is the only player in this format at the international level to have an average of above 50. Kohli averages 51.03 in 36 T20Is. The difference between Kohli’s average and the second best’s average in T20Is is almost 10 runs per innings, highlighting the difference of class between Kohli and other T20I cricketers. Here’s the list of cricketers with the best batting average in T20Is.
Kohli is also the quickest player to reach 13 half-tons in T20Is. He joins Brendon McCullum of New Zealand and Chris Gayle to be the only players to score 13 half-tons in T20Is. McCullum recorded 13 fifties in 71 T20Is and Gayle scored 13 fifties in 45 T20Is. Kohli just took 36 T20Is to reach 13 half-tons.
However, McCullum, with two tons, has scored the most scores of 50 or more (15) in T20Is. Here’s the complete list.
Kohli also averages a high 79.66 in the second innings of a T20I, which is more than double his batting average of 35.88 in the first innings of the match. Compared to other T20 cricketers of his generation, Kohli averages the best while chasing a target. Here’s the brief list.
Kohli is set to become a great batsman if he can carry on his consistency across all formats. At the moment, he’s the undisputed “Don Bradman” of T20Is.