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First Time In History: Virat Kohli Achieves Monumental Feat During India’s T20 World Cup Match

Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli made history on Saturday, becoming the first cricketer ever to amass 3,000 runs across both T20 and ODI Cricket World Cups. Kohli achieved this milestone during India’s Super Eights match against Bangladesh in Antigua at the T20 World Cup. Despite a recent string of below-par performances, Kohli showed shades of his classic form, scoring 37 runs off 28 deliveries in the game. His innings included a boundary and three sixes, and he maintained a strike rate of 132.14.

Kohli holds the record for the highest run tally in ICC T20 World Cup history, accumulating 1,207 runs in 32 matches and 30 innings at an impressive average of 63.52 and a strike rate of 129.78. He has remained unbeaten on 11 occasions and has registered 14 half-centuries in the tournament, with his highest score being 89 not out. Kohli was also honored with the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award in 2014 and 2016 for his exceptional performances.

His standout campaign in the T20 World Cup came in 2014, where he scored 319 runs in six matches at an average of 106.33, including four half-centuries, at a strike rate of 129.15.

In the current edition of the tournament, Kohli has accumulated 66 runs in five matches at an average of 13.20 and a strike rate of 108.19, with a top score of 37.

Moving to the 50-over World Cup, Kohli has also been a significant performer in the format. He ranks as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament’s history, amassing 1,795 runs in 37 matches and 37 innings at an average of 59.83 and a strike rate of 88.20. His record includes five centuries and 12 half-centuries, with a highest score of 117.

Notably, during the 2023 50-over World Cup held in India, Kohli had a stellar campaign, securing the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award while scoring 765 runs in 11 matches at an average exceeding 95, featuring three centuries and six fifties. His best score during that tournament was 117, setting a new record for the most runs scored by a batter in a single World Cup edition, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 673 runs in 2003.

In total, across both T20 and ODI World Cups spanning 69 matches, Kohli has accumulated 3,002 runs in 67 innings at an average of 61.26. His record includes five centuries and 26 half-centuries, with a top score of 117.

In the match against Bangladesh, India batted first after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.

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