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‘You’ve always been a warrior’: Mahela Jayawardene praises Virat Kohli for breaking his T20 World Cup record | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Former Sri Lankan batter Mahela Jayawardene congratulated Indian star batter Virat Kohli on breaking his record for most runs in ICC history World Cup T20 event.
Star Indian batter Virat Kohli became the highest points scorer in the history of the United States on Wednesday ICC T20 World Cup.
“Records are made to be broken. Someone was always going to break my record and it’s you Virat, congratulations mate. Brilliant. You’ve always been a warrior. Form is temporary, class is permanent. Well done mate,” said Jayawardene in a video posted by ICC.

Virat achieved this record during his side’s crucial Group 2, Super 12 match of the tournament against Bangladesh in Adelaide, which India won.
He scored an unbeaten 64 from 44 balls in the match. His knock consisted of eight borders and a six. His batting rate during the innings was 145.45.
This makes Virat’s record in T20 WC – 1,065 runs in 23 innings in 25 games with an average of 88.75. 13 half centuries have passed from him, with the best score of 89*. His strike rate in the tournament is 132.46.
He has surpassed Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 1,016 runs in 31 matches at an average of 39.07. A century and six half centuries are up for grabs in this tournament, with a best of 100.
Other top T20 World Cup batters include: West Indian legend Chris Gayle (965 runs), Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (921) and Sri Lankan great Tilakaratne Dilshan (897).
Virat in particular has been in fantastic form since the Asian Cup. At that tournament, he returned to international cricket after a month, a break he took after months of struggling with inconsistent form.
Since then, Virat has scored 624 runs in 14 innings with an average of 78.00. A century and six fifties have come out of his bat, with a best of 122*.



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