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.

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

Runs

Batsman

Country

Against

Venue

Date

Record held for

Final tally of runs

7

Michael Clarke

Australia

New Zealand

Auckland

February 17, 2005

5 minutes

488

32

Andrew Symonds

Australia

New Zealand

Auckland

February 17, 2005

40 minutes

337

98

Ricky Ponting

Australia

New Zealand

Auckland

February 17, 2005

1 year, 7 days

401

172

Graeme Smith

South Africa

Australia

Johannesburg

February 24, 2006

2 years, 7 months, 17 days

982

375

Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

King City

October 11, 2008

4 months, 4 days

788

457

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

Australia

Sydney

February 15, 2009

9 years, 1 day

2,140

2,188

Martin Guptill

New Zealand

Australia

Auckland

February 16, 2018

11 months, 23 days

2,283

2,288

Rohit Sharma

India

New Zealand

Auckland

February 8, 2019

7 months, 10 days

2,443

2,441

Virat Kohli

India

South Africa

Mohali

September 18, 2019

4 days

2,450

2,443

Rohit Sharma

India

South Africa

Bengaluru

September 22, 2019

15 minutes

2,443

2,450

Virat Kohli

India

South Africa

Bengaluru

September 22, 2019

Ongoing

2,450

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

Captain 1

Runs

Country

Captain 2

Runs

Country

Venue

Date

Won by

Michael Swart

89

Netherlands

Collins Obuya

75*

Kenya

Windhoek

April 19, 2013

Kenya

Peter Borren

57

Netherlands

Preston Mommsen

68*

Scotland

Edinburgh

July 11, 2015

Netherlands

Eoin Morgan

76

England

Steve Smith

90

Australia

Cardiff

August 31, 2015

England

Amjad Javed

76

UAE

Preston Mommsen

56

Scotland

Dubai

February 4, 2016

UAE

Paul Stirling

56

Ireland

Kyle Coetzer

74

Scotland

Al Amerat

February 15, 2019

Scotland

Gerhard Erasmus

56

Namibia

Karabo Motlhanka

59

Botswana

Windhoek

August 20, 2019

Namibia

Kyle Coetzer

89

Scotland

Pieter Seelaar

96*

Netherlands

Dublin

September 16, 2019

Scotland

Quinton de Kock

52

South Africa

Virat Kohli

72*

India

Mohali

September 18, 2019

India

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

50-plus scores

Batsman

Country

100s

50s

Matches

Innings

22

Virat Kohli

India

0

22

72

67

21

Rohit Sharma

India

4

17

98

90

16

Martin Guptill

New Zealand

2

14

78

75

15

Chris Gayle

West Indies

2

13

58

54

15

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

2

13

71

70

14

Tillakeratne Dilshan

Sri Lanka

1

13

80

79

Queries CornerI 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:

Runs

Batsman

Year

Reason for not playing again

499

Vijay Merchant

1952

Retired

460

Madhav Apte

1953

Never selected again

445

Polly Umrigar

1962

Retired

387

Rusi Modi

1952

Never selected again

377

Sourav Ganguly

2008

Retired

355

Mohammad Azharuddin

2000

Banned from all forms of cricket

 

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

Age

Player

Year

Format

14 years, 165 days

Gargi Banerji

1978

Women’s ODIs

15 years, 239 days

Shafali Verma

2019

Women’s T20Is

15 years, 283 days

Rajani Venugopal

1985

Women’s Tests

16 years, 136 days

Thirush Kamini

2006

Women’s ODIs

16 years, 184 days

Nilima Jogalekar

1978

Women’s ODIs

16 years, 204 days

Sneha Deepthi

2013

Women’s T20Is

16 years, 205 days

Sachin Tendulkar

1989

Men’s Tests

16 years, 205 days

Mithali Raj

1999

Women’s ODIs

 

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.