In the last T20 series between Australia and India, batsman Virat Kohli notched down the zenith of ICC Twenty20 international Rankings. In the series, the blaster batsman smashed there consecutive half-centuries proving his consistency in the shorter format game. The number one spot was marked by Australian Aaron Finch before the revised chart was released on Monday, first of February.
Kohli's stint in the three matches were the match winning streak for the team. His unbeaten score of 90 and 59 in first and the second T20 was a superb display of his sportsmanship. In the last match he scored 50 continuing his feat of half centuries in the series. His stunt fetched 47 points taking him run pass that of Flinch's points. Kohli's T20 points was hauled to 892 posing him on the zenith of the ranks.
However, Flinch also drew out 14 points in the last series with his score of 44 and 74 in the matches at Adelaide and Melbourne. His hamstring injury that ruled him out of the third match at SCG was a major blow to his T20 batsman point. On the other hand, as Team India clean swept Aussie Team in the series, Kohli's points earned an extra boost that made his lift off easier. In contrast, the Kangaroo team slipped to the eight rank from third in T20 International Team Ranking following the whitewash or 3-0.
In the first match Virat Kohli smashed his unbeaten 90 from just 55 deliveries. It was certainly the match winning score for the team to pose a chase target of 188 against the Australian team. He hammered down nine boundaries and two sixes. The strike rate was 163.63 in the first match. In the second T20 at MCG, his 59 off 33 bowls was one of the fastest. In the match, the Australian team could not chase down the score of 184.
The last victory of the series for India was an even contribution from all batsmen. His score of 50 was just less by two runs to that of RG Sharma's 52. In the match, India chased down a humongous target of 197 passing the victory mark to 200. The last overs of the match were enthralling.
Virat Kohli also closed the ODI innings fairly with two centuries in the Australian Tour. His streak in the innings placed him in second spot in the ODI ranking following AB de Villiers, the strong man from South Africa.
Virat Kohli is a batsman on the making for Team India. While many former cricketers have endorsed him as a forefront of the team, a number of experts have also highlighted that he still have miles ahead to go. The baton of test captaincy is already being passed on to Kohli from Dhoni, and there are further fuss about him surrounding his responsibility in the team. The batsman is through his strong form recently. His present stature is certainly not the best of his career and it is expected that he still has more thrills to present.
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