Virat Kohli became the second Indian after Mithali Raj to reach 2000 T20 International runs. He is also only the fourth male cricketer to reach the milestone after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik. Kohli needed only eight runs before the start of India’s first T20I against England at Manchester on Tuesday.
Kohli had the opportunity to reach the landmark in Ireland during the two-match T20I series last week but he failed in both matches, scoring 0 and 9.
However, Kohli was still the quickest to get to the 2000-run mark in the shortest format. He took only 60 matches and 56 innings to enter the coveted club. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.
As it stands now, only McCullum, Guptill and Malik have more runs than him in the shortest format of the game. McCullum, who played his last T20I on June 23, 2015 against England at Manchester was leading the charts with 2140 runs from 71 matches until Guptill overtook him in the last T20I versus Australia, when he struck 105 at Auckland earlier in the year. He only consolidated the top spot after adding 62 more runs against England on Sunday’s T20I at Hamilton. Guptill now has 2271 runs from 75 games