Virat Kohli (1065) surpasses Mahela Jayawardene as the leading run-scorer in T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli Stats: Virat Kohli (1065) surpasses Mahela Jayawardene as the leading run-scorer in T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli’s records in T20 World Cups over the years and in T20I Run chases.

Virat Kohli Stats: Virat Kohli (1065 runs) surpasses Mahela Jayawardene (1016 runs) as leading run-scorer in T20 World Cups | Walking Wicket (Photo: ©AFP/Getty Images)
Kohli (1065 runs) becomes top run-scorer in T20 World Cups (Photo: ©AFP/Getty Images)

Former India captain Virat Kohli has returned to his batting best and he has arrived in some style in the ongoing T20 World Cup. If his 122* against Afghanistan, which was Kohli’s 71st international century, gave a glimpse of the maestro’s incredible batting aura, his masterclass unbeaten 82* against arch-rivals Pakistan in India’s opening game of ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) showed the king has well and truly arrived.


The champion batter went through a bad patch that we have not associated with Kohli since his debut way back in 2008. He didn’t score a century for close to three years, but once it came in Asia there has been no looking back for Virat Kohli.


Two weeks into the T20 World Cup, and the entire cricketing fraternity has been taken in by Kohli’s yet another commanding performance in a successful run-chase at the G. His knock against Pakistan is now part of batting folklore and is already regarded as the one of India’s greatest knocks across formats.


The match between India and Pakistan has been touted as the best T20 game seen by several cricketing experts across the globe. Such was the magnitude of the run-chase that the pressure could have been handled by the one and only Virat Kohli.


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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, India vs Bangladesh_ Virat Kohli's 64 off 44 helps India set 185-run target against Bangladesh _ Walking Wicket (Source_ ©AFP_Getty Images)
Virat Kohli's 64 off 44 against Bangladesh (Source: ©AFP/Getty Images)

Here is a snapshot of a few records in the name of Virat Kohli in T20Is, including his performances in T20 World Cups.


The name Virat Kohli and T20 World Cup always go hand in hand. The former India skipper has always done well in the mega event.

  1. Virat Kohli, during his knock of 64*(44) against Bangladesh on November 2, surpassed Mahela Jayawardene (1016) as the leading run-scorer in T20 World Cups. Kohli now has 1065 runs in 23 innings that he has played in T20 World Cup, at a phenomenal average of 88.75 and a decent strike rate of 132.46. He has smashed an incredible 13 fifties in world cups with his highest score being 89*.

Most runs in T20 World Cups

Player

Innings

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Highest

50s/100s

Virat Kohli (India)

23

1065

88.75

132.46

89*

13/0

Mahela Jayawardne (Sri Lanka)

31

1016

39.07

134.74

100

6/1

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

31

965

34.46

142.75

117

7/2

Rohit Sharma (India)

32

904

37.67

131.01

79*

9/0

TM Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

34

897

30.93

124.06

96*

6/0

  1. Kohli has the most half-centuries in the tournament history with twelve 50+ scores but is yet to score a century.

  2. Kohli has the best average (88.75) among batters playing over 10 innings in T20 World Cups.

  3. With 1065 runs and counting, Kohli is the highest run-getter in the tournament’s history going past Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene in the 2022 T20 World Cup group fixture game against Bangladesh.

  4. Virat Kohli has won the T20 World Cup player of the tournament for a record two times (2014 and 2016) and things look promising for him to make it an unprecedented three player of the tournament awards in world cups.

  5. Virat Kohli averages 46.3 runs per innings in absolute terms at the T20 World Cup which is the highest for any player to have batted 10+ innings.

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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, Super 12, Group 2, India vs Netherlands_ Virat Kohli scored fifty against Netherlands | Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©Getty Images)
Virat Kohli scored 62 against Netherlands at Sydney (Photo: ©Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s performance in T20 World Cups over the years

Year

Innings

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Highest

50s/100s

2012

5

185

46.25

122.52

78*

2/0

2014

6

319

106.33

129.15

77

4/0

2016

5

273

136.50

146.77

89*

3/0

2021

3

68

34

100.00

57

1/0

2022*

4

220

220

144.74

82*

3/0

*2022 edition of ICC T20 World Cup is currently underway in Australia

  1. Virat Kohli has scored the most runs in a single T20 World Cup. The batter made 319 runs at an average of 106.33 in the 2014 edition.

  2. He has scored at least 1 half-century in each of the 5 World Cups he has played.

  3. Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in T20 World Cup 2022 thus far with 220 runs.

Virat Kohli is called a chase master for a reason, and he has been so for more than a decade now for India. Before his century drought, Kohli used to win India and RCB games for fun, especially while chasing a target.


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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan_ Virat Kohli looking at the sky after taking India home against Pakistan at MCG in T20 World Cup 2022; Virat Kohli vs Pakistan _ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©ICC_Getty Images)
Kohli took India home against Pakistan in a tight run-chase (Photo: ©ICC/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli numbers in T20I Run chases

Run Chases

Innings

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Highest

50s/100s

Not Outs

Successful run-chases

36

1621

90.05

135.42

94*

16/0

18

Successful run-chases in World Cups

9

518

518

139.62

82*

7/0

8

Run-chases in World Cups (Overall)

10

541

270.50

135.92

82*

7/0

8

Run-chases (Overall)

45

1983