Third best win percentage, a chase master, best average for a captain and what not?

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16 Sep 2021 | 04:45 PM
authorAnirudh Kasargod

Third best win percentage, a chase master, best average for a captain and what not?

Here is a statistical highlight of Virat Kohli’s career as the captain of India in T20Is

September 16th 2021, around 6 PM, a news broke as a shockwave to the cricketing world. Virat Kohli announced that he will be stepping down as the T20I captain of India after the T20 World Cup. Yes, you heard it right. Kohli has had an illustrious career in T20Is as a captain. Though he has fewer wins than his predecessor MS Dhoni but Kohli has a higher win percentage. Not to forget, batting under his own captaincy, Kohli was one of the finest this era has seen. Here are some of the high points or some unrivalled records Kohli as a batsman while leading the side in T20Is:

Best average as a captain

Overall in his T20I career, Kohli has amassed 3159 runs, which is the most by a player. Out of those 3159, 47.5 percent, which is over 1500 runs, have come as a captain. The most eye-catching part about his batting is his consistency. His overall career average of 52.6 is a testimony of it. As a captain, Kohli averages 48.5, which is the most among captains who scored over 500 runs in T20Is. This is also one of the reasons why he is the quickest to score 1000 runs as a captain (30 innings).

Only three captains average 40+ while striking at 140+

The supremacy of Kohli’s batting lies not only in scoring runs consistently. The flamboyance with which he scores those runs is a major highlight. Parallel to his average of 48, Kohli has scored those runs at a strike rate of 143.2. Among captains who have batted 10+ innings, only two other captains among the Test-playing nations feature in this list - Rohit Sharma with an average of 41.9 and a strike rate of 160 and Quinton de Kock with an average of 41.6 at 162.5.

Most 50+ scores by a captain

The reason behind Kohli’s mind-boggling average is the amount of 50+ scores he has to his name. With 12 scores of over fifty, Kohli leads the chart among the captains. The mesmerizing fact is, Kohli has scored a fifty every 3.6 innings. Among captains who have batted 15+ innings, his ratio of 50+ scores per innings is the fourth-best.

A maestro in chases

It is a universally known fact that Kohli is one of the best chasers in the history of cricket, especially in limited-overs format. Irrespective of him being a captain or not, Kohli averages over 80 while chasing. As a captain as well, he averages 82.5 in chases. None of the captains who have batted 10+ innings in a chase comes close - the next best is MS Dhoni at 54.1. Kohli has an average difference of 50.3 while chasing and batting first, a feature like no other captain.

A complete match winner

As the captain of the team, a huge responsibility rests on his shoulders to take the team over the ropes. Kohli has been the ultimate master of this art. Out of the 1502 runs he has scored as captain; 982 runs have been in wins at an average of 57.8. Eight out of his 12 scores of over 50 have ended up in wins. The average of 57.8 in wins is the best for a captain who has batted in over 10 wins. These numbers are a testimony of why Kohli is one the best.  

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