Virat Kohli in action against England in Manchester Image: AFP
After a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli has made a thundering return to world cricket.
In the first limited-overs clash against England last night, Kohli became the world’s fastest cricketer to reach 2,000 runs in T20Is. And he is the first Indian to get to this milestone.
Before the start of the game at Old Trafford in Manchester, Kohli was just eight runs short of achieving the feat. He finally clinched the world record in the 16th over of the innings, when India were eyeing to set the Three Lions an imposing target.
Kohli has now joined New Zealand’s Brendan McCullum (2271 runs in 73 innings) and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, who recently reached the 2000-run mark in just 59 innings. The Indian captain consumed 56 innings to leave the two veteran batsmen behind.
India eventually won the match at a canter, beating England by an eight-wicket margin, thanks to a KL Rahul blitzkrieg.