Virat Kohli IPL 2019 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Virat Kohli on Saturday surpassed Suresh Raina to become the Indian batsman with most runs in T20 cricket.

While turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab, Kohli played a match-winning hand, hitting 67 off 53 to guide his team to their first win of the ongoing season to thus break a losing streak of six matches.

Before the must-win encounter, Kohli had 8108 runs, needing 38 runs to overtake Raina (8145) for the record. By the time he was out he got hold of the milestone and has now 8175 runs.

S. no Name Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
1 Virat Kohli 259 8175 41.08 4 60
2 Suresh Raina 309 8145 32.84 4 48
3 Rohit Sharma 305 7960 32.22 6 53
4 Shikhar Dhawan 234 6657 32.31 0 50
5 MS Dhoni 309 6419 39.38 0 26

Overall, he’s moved up a spot at sixth in the list of all-time leading run-getter in cricket’s shortest format, a list led by Jamaican Chris Gayle who has scored an incredible 12640 runs in 378 T20s.

S. no Name Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
1 Chris Gayle 378 12640 39.25 21 79
2 Brendon McCullum 370 9922 29.97 7 55
3 Kieron Pollard 466 9222 30.03 1 46
4 Shoaib Malik 345 8701 36.71 0 51
5 David Warner 264 8460 36.15 7 66
6 Virat Kohli 259 8175 41.08 4 60

2263 of Kohli’s runs in T20 cricket have come in international cricket in 67 appearances at an excellent average of 50.28 including 20 half-centuries.

At international level, he’s third on the list which topped by his countrymate Rohit Sharma

S. no Name Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
1 Rohit Sharma 94 2331 32.37 4 16
2 Martin Guptill 76 2272 33.91 2 14
3 Virat Kohli 67 2263 50.28 0 20
4 Shoaib Malik 111 2263 30.58 0 7
5 Brendon McCullum 71 2140 35.66 2 13

His innings was timely considering RCB needed to win their Saturday night encounter against KXIP to stay alive in the tournament. They had made a wretched start to their campaign equalling the record for the worst start by any team to an IPL season.

They lost six straight matches while languishing at the bottom of the IPL points table before scoring their first points which have kept them alive in the tournament.

*NOTE: Statistics updated till April 13, 2019