Virat Kohli surpasses Rohit, becomes leading run-scorer in T20I

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Kerala): India skipper Virat Kohli has surpassed Rohit Sharma as a leading run-scorer in the T20I format.

Kohli now has 2,563 runs in 69 innings while Rohit scored 2,562 runs in 95 innings. He has a one-run lead over the opener.

Kohli, in the ongoing second T20I against West Indies at Greenfield International Stadium on Sunday, came to bat at number four and played a knock of 19 runs off 17 balls.

Telangana, Dec 06 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the First T20 Match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Kohli usually bats at number three but in today’s game all-rounder Shivam Dube came at three after the dismissal of KL Rahul (11). Dube scored his maiden half-century in 27 balls. Dube hit three sixes in Kieron Pollard’s over and scored 26 runs in the over. His innings was studded with four sixes and three fours.

Dube was caught at the cover by ShimronHetmyer to spinner Hayden Walsh in the 11th over, reducing India to 97/3. 

Earlier, Windies won the toss and decided to bowl first. India are leading the three-match series by 1-0 after winning the first T20I by six wickets in Hyderabad.

Play hard, respect others

After playing a match-winning knock of 94 runs against West Indies in the first T20I of the three-match series, skipper Virat Kohli said that cricket is all about playing hard, but in the end, it is important to have respect for your opponents.

In the match, Kohli was seen imitating Windies’ bowler Kesrick Williams’s trademark celebration style.

“No, it is not the CPL. It happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out so I thought I would tick a few in the notebook as well but all good, smiles out there, in the end, that’s what you want to see, good competitive cricket but at the end of the day we shake hands, that’s what cricket is all about, play hard but at the end have respect for your opponents,” Kohli said at the post-match ceremony.

In the 16th over of India’s innings, Kohli was seen imitating Williams. The first ball of the over was dispatched for a boundary. The next ball was then flicked for a six on the leg side. It was then that Kohli brought out the notebook celebration and Williams looked on in amusement.