Virat Kohli has again surpassed Rohit Sharma as the leading run-getter in the history of T20I cricket in the ongoing 3rd T20I against South Africa in Bengaluru. Kohli and Rohit, the two leading run-getters in the history of this format, are now locked in a battle for the tag for the batsman with the most runs.
Rohit was 7 runs behind Kohli before the start of the match. He reached the landmark in the second over of the match, hitting two consecutive fours off Kagiso Rabada. He was then dismissed in the third over, for 9 runs, as he edged through to first slip. His run tally in T20I cricket is now 2443 runs.
Kohli then joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle, reclaiming the record for the most runs in T20Is with his first four of the match, in the fourth over. He surpassed Rohit’s run tally of 2443 runs again. He was dismissed in the 9th over for a 15-ball 9.
Kohli (2450 runs) and Rohit (2443 runs) are the two all-time leading run-scorers in T20I cricket. They are two of only five batsmen who have scored more than 2000 runs in this format – the others being Martin Guptill (2283 runs), Shoaib Malik (2263 runs) and Brendon McCullum (2140 runs).
Rohit Sharma also matched the record for making the most T20I appearances for India in the match – equalling MS Dhoni’s 98 appearances.