Tillakaratne Dilshan waiting for Kohli to enter 200-club
Till date, only Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mohammad Shehzad have hit more than 200 fours in the T20Is.
Updated - Nov 4, 2017 12:04 pm
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan is excited to welcome the Indian captain Virat Kohli in the elite ‘200-club’ of T20 cricket. The club here refers to the batsmen who have hit more than 200 fours in the T20Is history. Dilshan is the record holder for having hit most fours in the shortest format of the game – 223 fours. Now, when the Indian team takes on New Zealand in the second T20I at Rajkot on Saturday, Virat Kohli will have his opportunity to enter the elite club.
Till date, only Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mohammad Shehzad have hit more than 200 fours in the T20Is. As per the quotes in Kashmir Times, Dilshan mentioned that he is eager to welcome Kohli in the club. Also, he praised Kohli for being on the verge of emulating the feat having played fewer matches than him.
“It took 80 matches to hit these fours, whereas Kohli has only played 53 T-20s and hence his record is remarkable. Kohli has been playing good cricket and in last two years his performance on the field is appreciable. I’ll have no regrets when he crosses my record of 223 fours,” quoted Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Records don’t stay forever
He further cited that the Indian captain has a long future lying ahead of him. Kohli can easily break many records and rule the cricket world. Also, he mentioned that it is easier to create and break records in the ODI cricket than in the shortest format of the game.
“We both have played IPL (Indian Premier League) together for Royal Challengers Bangalore). In fact, Kohli is quite young and is also capable of playing for another ten years and I am sure he will hit many more fours and sixes (both are known as boundaries) and create records in all department and formats of the game. Records don’t stay for ever,” Dilshan conceded.
“Youngsters are doing well and it is good for cricket. There are good power hitters like Chris Gayle to-day. More records can be made in 50-over game than the T-20s, because there are 300 balls to be bowled minimum by a team in its innings compared to only 120 balls in the shortest format of the game,” he conceded further.