Virat Kohli had a field day out in the middle in the dead rubber encounter between India and Afghanistan on Thursday. He played an incredible inning of 122 off 61 deliveries in that game.
With this inning, he brought up his maiden T20I century and 71 overall international century. It was a moment many Indians and cricket fans have been awaiting around the globe.
However, Kohli didn’t only win hearts with this inning. But also etched his name in the history books of the sport as well.
Virat Kohli achieved several milestones in his career with this one inning. And in this article, we will look at all of them in a jiffy.
Virat Kohli achieves highest individual score for India in T20Is
Virat Kohli’s inning of 122 made him the highest individual scorer in T20Is for India. The previous best in this format had come from the bat of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
Sharma had scored 118 in just 48 deliveries against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Virat Kohli becomes joint second highest most century scorer
We all know that Indian legend and the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most centuries in international cricket. But did you know who the second most century maker was?
Well, now you do. Virat Kohli, with his 71st century, has the joint-second highest number of international centuries to his name. He currently holds the spot with Australia’s legendary batter Ricky Ponting.
However, Kohli will be technically ranked above the Australian legend as he took fewer innings to reach the milestone. Ponting noticeably took 668 innings, while Kohli was able to do so in just 522 innings.
Virat Kohli becomes only second batter to score 3500+ runs in T20Is
In the previous game, Rohit Sharma became the first batter in the history of T20I cricket to smash 3500 runs in T20Is. Now Virat Kohli matches him toe to toe, as he becomes the only second Indian and overall batter to achieve this feat.
With this inning, Kohli also took over the New Zealand International Martin Guptill in the highest run scorer tally. He is only 36 runs behind Rohit Sharma.
Virat Kohli smashes 100 T20I sixes
Kohli’s blistering performance against Afghanistan included 12 fours and 6 sixes. And with this inning, he has completed 100 sixes in the shortest game format.
Kohli became the only second batter to achieve this feat. The first on the list is the current skipper Rohit Sharma. He has 171 sixes to his name in this format.
Virat Kohli becomes the first batter to score a century in T20 Asia Cup
Kohli once again did something for which he will always be remembered. He became the first centurion in the history of the T20 Asia Cup. Along with that, he is also the highest run-scorer in the tournament’s history. He has 429 runs in just ten innings.