Virat Kohli silenced his critics by playing one of the best T20I innings in cricket history earlier tonight (September 8) in the Asia Cup 2022. Opening the innings for India against Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Kohli aggregated 122 runs off 61 balls to help the Men in Blue finish with a 212-run total on the board.
Kohli got a chance to open the innings in Rohit Sharma‘s absence. He made the most out of the opportunity and brought up his maiden T20I ton. It was his first international century since November 2019, ending a drought of 1021 days.
The star Indian batter shattered multiple records during his 122-run knock at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Here is a compilation of the top five records broken by Kohli earlier tonight.
#1 Virat Kohli now has the highest individual score by an Indian in T20I cricket
Kohli broke Rohit Sharma’s record in Dubai tonight (Image: Getty)
As mentioned above, Kohli scored 122 runs from 61 balls tonight against Afghanistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. His innings consisted of 12 fours and six sixes.
Courtesy of his 122-run knock, Virat now holds the record for the best score by an Indian in a T20I match. The previous highest was 118 by Rohit Sharma, achieved in a T20I against Sri Lanka at the Holkar Stadium on December 22, 2017.
#2 Virat Kohli became the oldest Indian to score a T20I hundred
Earlier this year, Suryakumar Yadav became the oldest Indian to score a T20I hundred by touching the three-figure mark in a game against England. He was 31 years and 299 days old when he scored the century.
Virat broke his record tonight as he is 33 years and 307 days old as of today. He is now the oldest Indian batter to score a T20I hundred.
#3 Fastest to 24,000 runs in international cricket
Virat Kohli also breached the 24,000 international run milestone in Dubai earlier tonight. The Indian batter had 23,880 runs to his name across all three formats before the match against Afghanistan.
Kohli’s aggregate stands at 24,002 runs after his innings against Afghanistan. He broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the fastest batter to 24,000 international runs by accomplishing the feat in 522 innings.
#4 Most fours by a batter in an Asia Cup T20I innings
Kohli scored 84 runs through fours and sixes against Afghanistan (Image: Getty)
The Asia Cup T20I was introduced in 2016. Bangladesh’s Sabbir Rahman scored 10 fours in a match against Sri Lanka during the inaugural edition of the T20I Asia Cup.
Kohli broke Sabbir’s record tonight by hitting 12 fours. The Indian batter also broke Babar Hayat’s record for most runs through fours and sixes in an innings. Virat aggregated 84 runs from his 12 fours and six maximums, bettering Hayat’s tally of 78 from his innings against Oman in the Asia Cup 2016.
#5 Fastest to 71 international centuries
Sachin Tendulkar registered his 71st international ton in his 523rd innings, while Ricky Ponting achieved the feat in his 652nd innings. Virat Kohli went ahead of both batters tonight on the list of batters with the least innings for 71 international hundreds.
As mentioned earlier, it was Virat Kohli’s 522nd innings in international cricket, making him the fastest to 71 international hundreds.