Kohli’s scoring rate is in a class of its own

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Hosts India were eliminated from the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday in a gripping — and staggeringly high scoring — match, but earlier star batsman Virat Kohli had given them every chance of reaching the final, scoring an unbeaten 89 off 47 deliveries.

This was just the latest in a series of superb performances from Kohli: a few days earlier he had starred as India squeezed into the semi-finals thanks to his blistering innings of 82 not out off 51 balls — more than half of India’s total.

Both his 89 against the West Indies on Thursday and a 55 against Pakistan earlier in the tournament represented 46 per cent of the team’s respective totals.

Kohli’s outstanding form with the bat in cricket’s shortest format is far from a new development. In fact he is a huge outlier when we look at all top batsmen’s batting averages and relative contributions to their team’s totals.

In Twenty20 internationals, Kohli scores an average of 59 runs for every time he is given out, and his runs account for 27 per cent of all India’s runs in matches where he batted.

In second place on both measures is Australia’s Aaron Finch, but his batting average of 39 and runs contribution of 22 per cent are both far behind those of his Indian counterpart.

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