Virat Kohli has set a new benchmark for himself in the world of cricket. India's most deadly batsman became the first player in the Big Bash League to score 100 runs in all three formats, scoring an unbeaten 82 off 45 balls against Australia on Tuesday night. In total, Kohli scored over 250 runs from 49 matches with an average of 44.17 and a strike rate of 160, bettering Kumar Sangakkara's previous best score from earlier this year by over three times. On Tuesday, Kohli reached 22 in nine balls and 50 in 17 when he pulled Lasith Malinga to the midwicket fence.
Kohli then took an aerial route off Mitchell Johnson to reach his century before slog-sweeping fast bowler Kane Richardson for six to bring up a new record: the first player in BBL history to score 100 runs in all three formats. In doing so, he overtook Chris Gayle's 99 run contributions from 10 T20s, 15 ODIs, and eight Test matches.
After scoring his century, Kohli was well caught by David Warner at long-on diving, forward with a straight bat shot from Richardson. The strike rate of 160 over 49 matches is a world record for the highest in T20I cricket.
The IPL must be proud of Kohli, as he seems to have been the only thing standing between them and relegation. He has scored twenty-two centuries, more than any other player in BBL history. The only player who has come close to this record is Rohit Sharma, who still trails him by one hundred runs. Kohli's current strike rate of 160 equates to a T20I average of 44.17, a record and a strike rate that are superior to both of Rohit's performances so far; in an innings of similar duration, he has scored 42 not out and 34 not out across two other T20I innings.
Kohli's most renowned moment so far was his superstar knock in the final of the 2015 World Cup, when he pulled the world cup-winning six off R Ashwin. This has added to his mythos as one of Test cricket's deadliest strikers. Kohli is currently the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of international cricket, having been overtaken only by AB de Villiers this year.
In summary, it is vital to say that Virat Kohli became the first player to score 100 runs in all three formats. He scored an unbeaten 82 off 45 balls against Australia on Tuesday night. His strike rate of 160 over 49 matches is a world record for the highest in T20I cricket.
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