If Virat Kohli scores a fifty in the upcoming T20 World Cup, he will become the first Indian captain to do so as MS Dhoni, who was India’s skipper in the last 6 T20 World Cups, never scored a fifty in any of those tournaments.
The reason behind Dhoni not scoring any fifty was because he generally used to bat low down the order at no. 6 and no. 7 and most of the time, in T20 cricket, players who bat so low don’t get enough deliveries to complete their fifties.
Dhoni has, however, played some really crucial innings for India in the T20 World Cup without scoring a fifty. In the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 which India won, Dhoni scored 45 off 33 in the virtual quarter-final against South Africa and 36 off 18 in the semi-final against Australia. Both those innings were extremely crucial for India to qualify to the final, where they beat Pakistan to lift the first-ever T20 World Cup trophy.
Virat Kohli is a top-order batsman unlike his predecessor MS Dhoni
Unlike Dhoni, India’s current captain Virat Kohli is a top-order batsman and either he opens the innings in T20 cricket or bats at no. 3, so he often gets enough no. of deliveries to face.
Virat has comfortably been India’s best batsman in the last two T20 World Cups. In the last T20 World Cup, which took place in India in 2016, Virat played a significant role with the bat in almost all of India’s victories. The Indian fans will be hoping that the skipper continues his rich vein of form in the T20 World Cups and scores heaps of runs in the 2021 T20 World Cup as well.
Virat has already announced that this World Cup is his last tournament as the T20 captain of India, and the Indian team will definitely want to make it memorable for the captain by winning the trophy.