10600 T20 Runs in a Calendar Year
Virat Kohli became the first batsman in the world to score 600 runs in T20 internationals in a calendar year. He achieved the feat with an average of 106.83 at a strike rate of a whopping 140.26. The swanky batsman from Delhi played 15 T20 internationals in 2016 and scored half centuries in 7 out of them amassing 641 runs in 2016. He started 2016 with a 3 match T20 series against Australia in Australia. In the 1st T20 at Adelaide, he scored 90 runs off 55 deliveries to take India to 188 off 20 overs after India had been inserted by Australia. India won the T20 by 37 runs as Australia were bundled out for 151.
In the 2nd T20 at Melbourne, Australia again won the toss and elected to bowl. Virat followed up his 90 with a score of unbeaten 59 off 33 deliveries to take India to 184 aided by 60 from Rohit Sharma. Australia could only manage 157 in response and lost by 27 runs. Australia won the toss again at Sidney and opted to bat this time around. They posted a mammoth total of 197 courtesy of a century from Shane Watson. India chased the total with 7 wickets still in hand. Rohit Sharma top scored with 52 as Kohli scored 50 off 36 deliveries and Raina saw India home with an unbeaten 49.
The series in Australia was followed by the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and UAE were the teams participating in the Asia Cup 2016. India won their first match against Bangladesh after they had posted 166 in the 1st inning thanks to a score of 83 by Rohit Sharma and Bangladesh could only manage 121. Kohli as dismissed for only 7 runs in the match. In their 2nd match against Pakistan, India chased down a target of 84 runs to win the match by 5 wickets as Kohli finished at 49 off 51 deliveries and no other batsman could manage more than 15 runs. India then chased down a total of 138 runs against Sri Lanka thanks to an unbeaten 56 by Virat Kohli.