Virat Kohli enters the history books despite missing final T20I at Cape Town

Virat Kohli enters the history books despite missing final T20I at Cape Town

The Indian skipper has amassed tons of runs for himself in the recently-concluded series against the Proteas.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli, over the years, has carved a reputation for himself as a swashbuckling cricketer. He prefers to dictate terms to the oppositions and hardly allows them to get under his skin. He has also smashed several records as his career has progressed. Moreover, the cricketer has also been a fitness freak and has hardly missed out on a game due to injury. This seemingly set the Indians back on paper at the very least. But, the Rohit-Sharma led unit eventually secured victory for the Indians at the Newlands.

However, he was ruled out of the deciding game at the Newlands in Cape Town owing to a stiff back. Nevertheless, despite missing the game, Kohli entered history as became the highest ever run-scorer in an overseas tour. He scored 871 runs in 14 innings and surpassed Graeme Smith who scored 803 runs in 13 innings during South Africa’s tour of England in 2003.

Dream run for Kohli

The Delhi cricketer scored 286 runs in the Test series and emerged as the highest run-scorer in the three-match affair. Thereafter, the Indian cricketer amassed three centuries in six games in India’s emphatic victory in the ODIs. Meanwhile, he hemorrhaged 588 runs in the series and was the leading run-scorer. However, in a couple of games in the T20 series, Kohli could only manage 27 runs.

Nevertheless, by the time, Kohli had already carved himself in history. The Indian skipper was only on the verge of becoming the first Indian batsman to 2000 runs in T20Is as he required 17 more runs to accomplish the feat. He would also have been the third batsman to reach the milestone after New Zealand batsmen Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum.

After a hectic tour of the Rainbow nation, India will now play a T20I series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka which starts from March 6. If reports are to be believed, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be rested for the triangular series.