Kohli takes T20I runs record from Rohit

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been having a tug of war over the top spot for the most runs in T20Is and it came to a head recently in Bangalore.

Published : Oct 04, 2019 18:45 IST

9The number of batsmen who have had the distinction of being the leading run-getter in T20 International cricket. In the recent T20I series against South Africa, both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma held the record at Mohali and Bangalore, before the former, at least for the time being, has made the record his own.

Leading run-getters in T20I cricket: how the record changed hands

Note: The first run off the bat in T20I cricket was scored by Michael Clarke at Auckland on February 17, 2005.8The number of occasions when both captains in a T20I cricket match managed to register 50-plus scores. The recent entrants to this list are Quinton de Kock and Virat Kohli at Mohali. This, incidentally, is the only second such instance in T20Is between captains from two Test-playing nations.

Both captains registering 50-plus scores in a T20I match

Note: Stirling and Coetzer did so while opening the batting in the same match.22The number of 50s scored by Virat Kohl in T20Is, by far the most scored by any batsman. Teammate Rohit Sharma has 17. Furthermore, Kohli’s match-winning knock of 72 not out at Mohali against South Africa makes him the T20I batsman with most 50-plus scores. He went past the tally of Rohit Sharma, who had 21, which includes his four T20I centuries.

Most 50-plus scores in T20Is

Queries Corner I understand Madhav Apte did not appear again in any Tests for India despite scoring more than 450 runs in a Test series in the West Indies in 1952-53. Has any other Indian faced this misfortune? - Ramesh Narayan, Surat.

Madhav Apte while opening the innings for India in the five-match Test series in the Caribbean in 1953 aggregated 460 runs, but he did not ever appear again in a Test match for India. As of date, no other Indian has had to suffer this in his career. The table below has a list of Indian batsmen who managed to make over 350 runs in the last five Test matches of their career.

Indians with most runs in the last five Test matches of their career:


Is Shafali Verma the youngest cricketer to appear in an international cricket match for India? - Ajoy Sarkar, Kolkata.

No. That distinction goes to Gargi Banerji, who was 14 years old when she made her One-Day International debut for India against the England women’s side at Kolkata on January 1, 1978. Shafali Verma is now the second youngest Indian. The table below lists the top eight youngest cricketers to debut for India in any format (men and women).

Youngest cricketers (men and women) to represent India in international cricket


How many international cricket matches have been hosted by Pakistan since 2009? - G. Harish, Bengaluru.

Since the terrorist attack in Lahore on March 3, 2009, and before the start of the recent ODI series in Pakistan against Sri Lanka, the home side has hosted 12 internationals since May 22, 2015. These include nine T20Is and three ODIs. The summary of the 12 games are as follows:

Nine T20Is: Two vs Zimbabwe (May 2015), three vs World XI (September 2017), one vs Sri Lanka (October 2017), three vs West Indies (April 2018). Pakistan has won eight and lost one (to World XI).

Three ODIs vs Zimbabwe (May 2015). Pakistan won 2 and there was no result in the third match.

In all, Pakistan won 10, lost one and there was no result in one for a winning percentage of 83.33.

Note: All figures above are updated as of September 27, 2019.

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