Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs on home soil

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MUMBAI: Indian Skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday (last week) became the first Indian batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs on home soil. He achieved the feat against West Indies in the ongoing third and final T20I of the three-match series.

Before this match, Kohli just needed six runs to achieve the feat of scoring 1,000 runs on home soil in the shortest format. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are the other two cricketers who have scored more than 1,000 runs on their home soil.

Tamil Nadu, Dec 15 (ANI): Indian and West Indies’ skipper Virat Kohli and Kieron Pollard pose with the trophy before the first One Day International at Chepauk in Chennai on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Guptill has 1,430 runs while Munro has exactly 1,000 runs in the shortest format of the game. In the second T20I of the three-match series, Kohli had surpassed Rohit Sharma to reclaim the top spot in the T20I highest run-scorers list in T20Is.

In the first match of the series, Kohli had played a knock of 94 runs to allow India to win the match by six wickets. Currently, the series is levelled at 1-1. (ANI)

ICC Test ranking:

Virat Kohli retained the top spot while Pakistan batsman Babar Azam breaks into the top ten in the International Cricket Council’s latest released Test ranking on Monday. Kohli is currently sitting on the top of the ranking table with 928 points followed by Steven Smith of Australia and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson respectively.

Smith and Williamson too maintained their second and third spots with 911 and 864 points respectively. Captain Kohli played a match-winning knock of 136 runs against Bangladesh in the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

After playing an unbeaten knock of 102 against Sri Lanka in the first Test, Azam breaks into the top 10 Test ranking. 25-year-old batman moved to a ninth position from the 13th spot. 

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne’s impressive knocks of 143 and 50 in the Perth Test against New Zealand helped him gain three spots.  Labuschagne ranks five and is the second-highest ranked Australia batsman after Steve Smith. (ANI)