Ind vs Eng T20I: 5 reasons why Virat Kohli is the best T20 batsman- India skipper Virat Kohli is revered as one of the best batsman of the decade in all three formats. But it is in the T20s where he actually flourishes. England’s Dawid Malan might currently occupy the World No 1 spot in the ICC T20I rankings with Kohli at No 5 having reentered the Top 5 bracket with two consecutive half-centuries in the ongoing India vs England T20I series. But when it comes to consistency and longevity, Kohli is unmatched. KL Rahul at No 4 could be India’s best T20I batsman at present but there are reasons why the India captain is the best batsman in T20s ever, even better than Chris Gayle, whom he shared the dressing room with at RCB in the IPL.
Ind vs Eng T20I: 5 reasons why Virat Kohli is the best T20 batsman, ever. Period.
Consistency: 88 matches and 82 innings later, Virat Kohli has scored 3,078 runs in T20Is with a staggering average of 52.16. While Dawid Malan comes a close second with a 51.17 average, he has played only 22 matches. Among players with more than 70 innings under their belt, Kohli leads by a mile. South Africa’s JP Duminy is a distant second with an average of 38.63 after playing 75 innings. He is followed by Australia’s Aaron Finch with a 38.46 average after 71 innings.
Top scorer in T20Is: With his unbeaten 73 in the 2nd T20I against England, Kohli became the first batsman to score 3,000 runs in T20Is. His runs have come from 27 half-centuries, most by any batsman in the format. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, at No 8 of ICC T20I rankings, is chasing him with 2,839 runs but considering Kohli’s consistency, he would take the award any day. Sample this, in his last five innings, Kohli has slammed three 70-plus scores, including an 85-run knock against Australia at Sydney.
Top scorer in IPL: With the finest of T20 cricketers testing their mettle, there is no better platform than the Indian Premier League (IPL). With top bowlers and unknown mystery spinners taking the crown regularly, it is a testing ground for many batsmen. But Kohli has ruled over the last 13 years, scoring 5,878 runs at an average of 38.16 in 184 innings. The next best batsman in the tournament is Suresh Raina, who is over 500 runs behind.
Saviour: The last two T20I innings might have jogged people’s memory about Kohli’s match-saving and match-winning abilities. With an unbeaten 77 against England in the 3rd T20I, Kohli not only steadied India’s sinking ship that was reeling after losing KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan within the first five overs. Although India kept losing wickets on the other end, Kohli commanded bowlers, helping India post a competitive total. But this was not the first time. Kohli is known as the king of the chase, helping India secure numerous victories in limited-overs.
King of chase: Kohli blossoms under pressure. Every time he has a target to achieve, Kohli thrives and that shows in his records. Kohli has an average of 83.76 when India batted second, scoring the bulk of runs to help his team get to the finish line. Out of 3078 runs, 1759 of them came while India were chasing a target. In 37 such innings, Kohli took the team past the finish line 16 times remaining unbeaten.
Ind vs Eng T20I: Dawid Malan maybe World No 1 but here are 5 reasons why Virat Kohli is the best T20 batsman