India's Virat Kohli slams his 8th T20I fifty against Australia
Indian ace Virat Kohli belted a 48-ball 63 against Australia in the third and final T20I on Sunday. The Run Machine clubbed three fours and four sixes in his stay, guiding India to a match-winning 187-run chase in Hyderabad (187/4). Most notably, it's his eighth fifty against the Aussies in the format, and fourth fifty-plus score in the last seven T20Is. Here's more.
Kohli climbs up the scoring charts
Kohli's fifty has raced him past 3,600 runs in the format. He now has 3,660 runs under his belt while striking at a terrific 138.06. He ranks behind compatriot and Team India skipper Rohit Sharma, who owns 3,694 runs in the format. Meanwhile, he now owns 34 fifty-plus scores in the format, comprising 33 half-centuries and a century.
Most fifty-plus scores against Australia (T20Is)
As stated, Kohli clubbed a record-extending eight T20I fifty against the Aussies. He is the highest run-scorer versus the Kangaroos, having compiled 794 runs at 52.93. He is heads and shoulders above his contemporaries in this regard, with New Zealand's Martin Guptill (463) ranking second.
Kohli has spitted fire since Asia Cup 2022
Kohli was under heavy scrutiny owing to his poor run across formats. However, he shut his critics once and for all with vintage knocks right from the Asia Cup 2022. The Delhi-born has since hoarded 352 runs while averaging a jaw-dropping 58.66. He has notched a hundred (122* vs Afghanistan) and three fifites. He has bossed the show at a monstrous rate of 141.93.