Virat Kohli is the only player in cricketing history to average over 50 in all three formats. (Image credit: Twitter)
Virat Kohli is known to break records, help India chase down targets with ease in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. Bat Big, Smash Records and Create History seem to be the mantra of the Indian cricket team skipper as he continues to enhance his legendary batting. In the Mohali Twenty20 International against South Africa on Wednesday, Kohli displayed yet another level of batsmanship by smashing a record 22nd fifty and also overtaking Rohit Sharma to become the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals. However, during the course of his knock, Kohli achieved yet another unique feat again.
In 2017, Kohli had briefly created history by becoming the first and only player to average fifty in all three formats of cricket. Following the Mohali knock, Kohli has achieved an averahe of fifty in all three formats for the second time in his career. Kohli averages 53 in Tests and 60 in ODIs. Following his knock of 72 in Mohali, Kohli's average in the shortest format of the game has gone to 50.85.
Kohli is not only the supreme chase master in ODIs but he is also a legendary Twenty20 International chaser. Out of 22 fifties, 15 have come in the second innings of the match. In a chase, Kohli averages 81. Out of the 15 fifties, India has lost only three games but it is this statistical achievement which makes him a freak.
The Indian skipper is the leading run-getter in the Twenty20 International format and he is the only one who averages over 50 and has a strike-rate of over 135. Speaking after the win in Mohali, Kohli outlined what made him click across formats. "The badge in front of my shirt - India - it is a pride to play for my country. Whatever it takes, whichever format, to get us across the line, I'll do that. Adapting in different formats is nothing but a mindset of making your team win. If you want to win a game for your team, you will find a way. That's the most important thing. I never think for myself, it's always about what the team needs. Test cricket, one-day cricket ... the will should be to win the game for your country."