New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s count is among the fieriest batsmen in the World. Opposition and venue have little significance for Kohli, whose sublime touch and ability to smash ball in all corners of grounds across world keeps rival bowlers guessing and scurrying for the cover.
In the Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan on Saturday, the Delhi lad played a courageous innings of 49 off 71, which also saw him surviving dangerous Mohammad Amir’s spell of three for 18. His knock was centrestage of India’s five-wicket victory in a low-scoring encounter in Mirpur.
The innings won him man-of-the-award, second against Pakistan, sixth overall and third within five matches, spanning one month and a day.
Kohli, playing against hosts Australia in Adelaide on January 26 and Sydney on January 29 in T20I series, was also adjudged man of the match. India sealed series 3-0 with a win in their last T20I in Sydney on January 31, where Kohli too scored a fifty.
He scored just 7 runs in India’s next T20I — the Asia Cup opener in Bangladesh on Wednesday. However, a 49-run innings against Pakistan ensured he wins his third man-of-the-match award in little over a month.
Some important stats and personal feats during India-Pakistan T20I on Saturday.
# Virat Kohli (49) has registered his second highest score against Pakistan in T20Is behind 78 not out in Colombo (RPS) on September 30, 2012.
# Kohli’s sixth Man-of-the-Match award in T20Is is his second against Pakistan.
# Kohli’s batting record against Pakistan is superb in T20Is – his tally being 199 in five innings at an average of 66.33.
The said tally is the highest by any batsman involving India and Pakistan in T20Is.
# For the first time in a calendar year, Kohli has received three MOM awards – two against Australia and one versus Pakistan.
# Kohli is averaging 83.83 in successful chases – 503 in 11 innings, including five fifties – the highest amongst batsmen with at least 500 runs. Overall he is averaging 73.44 in chases – his tally being 661 in 14 innings, including seven fifties.
# Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh were associated in a partnership of 68 – India’s second highest for the fourth wicket against Pakistan in T20Is – the highest being 97 between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in Ahmedabad on December 28, 2012.
# India scored 21 for three in the mandatory powerplay – their previous lowest score was 24 for four against Australia at Bridgetown on May 7, 2010.
# The aforesaid partnership is the highest for the fourth wicket when a team has loss three wickets for less than 10 runs – the previous highest being 62 between Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh in the match against Netherlands at The Hague on July 26, 2012.
# Mohammad Amir (3 for 18) has produced a career-best bowling performance in T20Is, surpassing the 3 for 23 against Australia at Gros Islet on May 2,2010.
# In India’s innings, three ducks were recorded – the first two instances being versus England at Kolkata on October 29, 2011, and against South Africa at Cuttack on October 5, 2015.
# For the third time, India have taken six wickets in the first 10 overs – England had scored 54 for six in Colombo (RPS) on September 23, 2012; Sri Lanka had managed 54 for six in Visakhapatnam on February 14, 2016, and Pakistan had made 47 for six in Dhaka on February 26, 2016.
# Hardik Pandya has registered his first duck in T20Is.
# Mohammad Sami has captured at least a wicket in all his eight T20Is – his tally being 16 in eight matches at an average of 14.75.