Former captain Virat Kohli is preparing to reach another milestone ahead of the 3-match T20I series against West Indies starting from February 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In the upcoming series, Kohli will be eyeing to reclaim his top position in the elite list for the most runs in the shortest format of the game.
As of now, Kohli is in the second position in the elite list with his total of 3227 runs in 95 matches in the T20I format. He is only 72 runs behind the Kiwis batter Martin Guptill who is currently holding the top spot with a record of 3299 runs in 1112 matches. Guptill overtook the position from former record holder Virat Kohli during the 3-match series against India where he scored 70, 31 and 51 in three innings.
Kohli was not a part of the said 3-match series against New Zealand in 2021 as he was rested following the T20 World Cup campaign in October-November. In the series, India managed to register a 3-0 clean sweep against the Kiwis under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
On the other hand, Captain Rohit Sharma is also in the race for the top spot in the elite list as he is reeling only 30 runs behind Kohli with 3197 runs. Notably, Sharma has played only 119 matches. Therefore, he also has an opportunity to beat Guptill and win the leading position in the all-time batting charts in T20I cricket.
Also, there have been a lot of questions about Kohli’s form lately. In fact, he has not been able to score a century in international cricket in over two years. He has 27 Test and 43 ODI centuries to his record.
However, his childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma on Tuesday said that all these questions about his form are not valid as Kohli still continues to get runs. He said, “I feel people who are questioning his form should look at his stats. After watching that they will find it tough to criticise him. The hundred is not coming but he has 70 of them. People should realise that.”
“Honestly, he is playing well and matter of time before he plays a big innings. He is very positive and very relaxed and soon we will have a big one from him,” Sharma told PTI.
Meanwhile, Captain Rohit Sharma also backed Kohli on Tuesday when asked about the former captain’s batting form.
“He is in a very good space from what I can see and he has been part of the international team for more than a decade. He has spent so much time in international cricket that he knows how to handle pressure situations. So I think everything starts from you guys. If you guys can keep it quiet for a bit everything will fall in place,” said Rohit.
The PTI report also confirms that Kohli is putting extra effort in the nets before the first T20I on Wednesday.
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