IND vs WI: Virat Kohli on way to reclaim T20I batting crown; History at Eden Gardens

Virat Kohli has played 20 matches against Pakistan and has scored 847 runs at an average of 56.46. (PC Twitter)

Kolkata: Former India skipper Virat Kohli made a record while on his way to script history. Kohli scored his second century in Eden Gardens at Kolkata at the ongoing India-West Indies 2nd T20I match Tonight. In today’s encounter, he scored 52 off 41 balls which earned him 3296 runs in 97 T20I appearances.

Kohli, who has had a miserable series with the bat against the Windies so far, was hoping to make amends Tonight and looked in prime form as he smashed boundaries at will to start India’s innings.

Indian former captain reached 46 runs after hitting seven boundaries and then launching off spinner Roston Chase into the boundary. Jason Holder, who stood near the boundaries and gave it his best, couldn’t stop the ball from flying over the ropes as Kohli celebrated his half-century in style. He has now equaled Rohit Sharma’s tally of most fifty-plus scores in T20I cricket. While Kohli achieved the landmark in 89 innings, which is 24 innings faster than Rohit.

However, the Indian batting great was clean bowled for 52, and fans were left in disappointment as he needed 4 more runs to reclaim the T20I batting crown. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill is presently the highest run-getter in T20I history with 3299 runs in 112 matches.

Meanwhile, Indian captain Rohit Sharma had asked the media recently to not bother Kohli by questioning his form. In the previous encounter against West Indies, he scored 17 off 13 balls. Kohli has only managed to score 26 runs in the ODI series against West Indies. Kohli had scored 8 runs in the first ODI and 18 runs in the second ODI.