It’s the return of the run machine! In the current Asia Cup 2022, which is currently taking place in Dubai, Virat Kohli scored a half-century for the second time in a row. This time, he did so while playing against Pakistan, his most favoured opponent in the format, in the Super 4 game that took place on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Kohli hammered a 60 off of 44 balls in India’s total of 181 for seven against Babar Azam‘s men as the Indian star recorded two amazing world records with the half-century score and also went on to become the highest scorer in the run-scoring chart in the Asia Cup 2022.
After scoring an unbeaten 59 off of 44 balls against Hong Kong two nights before at the same venue, Kohli attained his second half-century mark by lacing four boundaries and a six throughout the course of his 44-ball innings to reach his second half-century score. As a result of the knock against Pakistan, Kohli surpassed Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, to become the batter with the most ever scores of fifty or higher in Twenty20 Internationals. He now has 32 scores like this after batting for India in 94 innings, which is one more than Rohit, who has played in a record 135 matches for the Men in Blue in the format.
Virat Kohli scored his second half-century in the Asia Cup 2022 albeit in a losing cause
This was also his fourth fifty-plus knock against Pakistan in the format of a Twenty20 International, which places him at the top of the unique list alongside the legend of England’s cricket, Kevin Pietersen, as well as the veteran batters of New Zealand and Australia, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson.
The knock also moved him ahead of Rahul Dravid, who is the head coach of India at this time, on the list of players who have scored fifty or more runs for India in international cricket. He now has 194 such scores, of which 70 are hundreds, and is second only to the famous Sachin Tendulkar, who has 264 such runs for India.
With 154 runs scored at an average of 77 and a strike rate of 126.22, Kohli has established himself as the top run-scorer in the competition that is now taking place. It was only broken by Mohammad Rizwan when he guided his team Pakistan to a victory against India.