India vs England: Kohli Equals Williamson’s Record Of Most Fifties As Captain
Virat Kohli was India’s standout batsman in the third T20I against England in Ahmedabad scoring almost half of his team’s total in an otherwise disappointing batting effort. Kohli scored a masterclass 77 off just 46 deliveries helping India to 156 and gave their bowlers something to defend. As it turned out that total was well below par and Jos Buttler hammered England to a thumping eight-wicket victory. However, the Indian captain did equal a world record during the course of his innings.
Kohli equalled the record of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson for the most number of fifties as T20I captain. The Indian skipper registered his 11th fifty as captain in just 41 innings. Williamson has also registered 11 half-centuries in-charge of New Zealand but in 49 matches. Australia’s Aaron Finch follows with 10 fifties in 44 matches as skipper. Eoin Morgan (9 in 53 innings) and Faf du Plessis (8 in 40 innings) complete the top five.
In terms of aggregate runs as captain, Kohli is at number two (with 1421 runs) only after Finch who has an aggregate of 1462 runs as Australia’s T20I captain. Williamson (1383), Morgan (1317) and Du Plessis (1273) follow.
Kohli, of course has the highest batting average of 47.36 as captain of the Indian T20 unit. He is followed by Babar Azam (44) and interestingly Rohit Sharma (41.88). Quinton de Kock with an average of 41.6 and Finch (37.48) make the top five.
Kohli is one the greatest batsmen in the history of T20I cricket and recently became the first batsman to reach the 3000-Club in the format. He has an aggregate of 3078 runs in 82 matches at an average of 52.16 and strike rate of 138.96. His efforts include 27 fifties.
He has been in breathtaking form in the series with two successive fifties. However, he will be under pressure to deliver in the fourth T20I in Ahmedabad on Thursday as a loss would mean a rare series defeat for India in the format.