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India vs England: Kohli Just 72 Runs Away From Becoming First Batsman To Reach 3000 T20I Runs

By: Nikhil Narain

Last Updated: March 09, 2021, 16:23 IST

India vs England: Kohli Just 72 Runs Away From Becoming First Batsman To Reach 3000 T20I Runs

Virat Kohli is the highest run-getter in T20I cricket history with 2928 runs in 79 innings at a stunning average of 50.48 and strike rate of 138.43 including 25 fifties. He is just 72 runs away from becoming the first batsman to reach 3000 runs in T20I cricket.

India will clash with England in the five-match T20I series starting at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from the 12th of March. The series assumes significance as India is scheduled to host the 2021 World T20 end of the year. It will be a pulsating battle between the two top sides in T20I cricket with England in pole position. Both the teams have a number of superstars capable of single-handedly winning the match for their team. We look at some of the records that may get broken, milestones that could be reached and other interesting numbers to look forward to from the series.

7-7: The Head to Head between India and England in T20I cricket
It does not get any tighter a contest. Both India and England have won 7 matches each in the 14 times they have faced each other in T20I cricket. India, however, have beaten England on 4 occasions out of the last five encounters between the two teams.

2-1: The Scoreline in India’s Favour in the Previous Two T20I Series Against England
India have beaten England 2-1 at home in 2017 and then again away in 2018 in back to back series triumphs. Having lost the opener in Kanpur the home team came back to win the second and third T20Is in Nagpur and Bengaluru in 2017. India won the series opener in Manchester in 2018 but England came back to level the series in Cardiff. Rohit Sharma’s hundred and Hardik Pandya’s brilliant all-round display then took India to a 2-1 win at Bristol.

72: Kohli is just 72 runs away from reaching 3000 Runs in T20Is
Virat Kohli is the highest run-getter in T20I cricket history with 2928 runs in 79 innings at a stunning average of 50.48 and strike rate of 138.43 including 25 fifties. His batting average is the second-highest (min. 800 runs) in T20I cricket after Dawid Malan of England.

4: Number of Hundreds for Rohit Sharma in T20I cricket
Rohit Sharma has hammered 4 hundreds in T20 cricket for India – the maximum in the format for any batsman in the world. One of his centuries (100 not out off 56 balls) came against England in the series-decider at Bristol in 2018 when Rohit’s brilliance at the top helped India chase down England’s 198 and win the three-match series 2-1. Rohit is just 67 runs away from overtaking Martin Guptill and becoming the second-highest scorer in T20I cricket behind skipper Kohli.

149.23: Hardik Pandya’s Strike Rate in T20I cricket
Hardik Pandya has the highest strike rate for an Indian batsman in T20I cricket (min. 300 runs). He has hit 24 sixes in 28 T20I innings. Hardik smashed an unbeaten cameo of 33 off just 14 deliveries against England in the series decider at Bristol in 2018 taking India to a thumping win with Rohit Sharma.

6.79 & 6.95: Economy Rate of Axar Patel and Washington Sundar in T20I cricket
Axar Patel and Washington Sundar are the fourth and fifth most restrictive bowlers for India in T20I cricket with economy rates of 6.79 and 6.95. Both of them could possibly be seen in action bowling in tandem in the middle overs against England in the five-match series.

3: Eoin Morgan is 3 matches away from 100 T20I caps for England
Eoin Morgan has played 97 T20I matches – the maximum for any player from England. During the course of the series, he is set to join the likes of Shoaib Malik, Rohit Sharma and Ross Taylor in the 100-Plus Club in T20I cricket.

68: Number of Runs Bairstow Needs to Reach 1000 in T20I cricket
Jonny Bairstow has an aggregate of 932 runs in 40 innings at a strike rate of almost 140. If he scores another 68 runs during the course of the series he will become the fifth England batsman in the 1000-Club in T20I cricket after Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Kevin Pietersen.

145: Number of Runs Needed by Malan to Reach 1000 in T20I cricket
Dawid Malan has had a phenomenal start to his T20I career and has scored 855 runs in just 19 matches at an average of 53.43 and strike rate of 149.47 including one hundred and 9 fifties. If Malan has a half-decent series he will become the fastest to 1000 runs in T20I cricket breaking the record of Babar Azam who achieved the feat in 26 innings.

110: Number of Runs Needed by Roy to Reach 1000 in T20I cricket
Jason Roy has an aggregate of 890 runs in 38 matches at a strike rate of 144.01 and is one of the most destructive batsmen in limited overs cricket. He needs another 110 to join the 1000-Club for England. Currently, only four English batsmen have an aggregate of 1000 or more in the format – Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Kevin Pietersen.

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