Virat Kohli led from the front, scoring an unbeaten 72 off 52 balls as India chased down their target of 150 in 19 overs at Mohali to lead the three-match series 1-0 after the opening game at Dharamsala was abandoned due to rain.
Kohli achieved many milestones during India’s victory as he became the leading run-scorer in T20Is with 2,441 runs and reached record highest 22 half-centuries in the shortest format.
The Indian skipper also achieved an average of above 50 in all three international formats again in his career.
After the match, International Cricket Council (ICC) congratulated Virat Kohli on his achievement, saying: “Tests: 53.14 ODIs: 60.31 T20Is: 50.85 Virat Kohli once again averages over 50 in all three international formats.”
Virat Kohli once again averages over 50 in all three international formats 🤯 pic.twitter.com/3R8GnYwtvE
— ICC (@ICC) September 18, 2019
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi also heaped praise on Kohli, calling him a “great player”.
Afridi retweeted the ICC’s post and wrote, “Congratulations @imVkohli You are a great player indeed, wish you continued success, keep entertaining cricket fans all around the world.”
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 18, 2019
Kohli was awarded his 11th ‘Man of the Match’ award for his performance, which too is second highest in the world. He is just one behind Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, who has 12 awards in his kitty.