By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu – Nepal’s opener Kushal Bhurtel has equaled world record in T20I format of cricket. Bhurtel achieved the feat during Nepal’s triangular T20I series match against Papua New Guinea on Monday although he was dismissed for just 20 runs during the match.
He equaled the record of scoring the fastest T20I 500 runs during the match after hitting the first two runs. Bhurtel reached the 500 runs milestone in 12 innings, an accomplishment which has been achieved only by England’s left-handed batsman Dawid Malan and Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai. Both of them achieved the milestone in 12 innings.
Bhurtel achieved something that even renowned players like India’s opener Lokesh Rahul, Birat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, West Indies great Chris Gayle, Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Australia’s Glen Maxwell failed to achieve. India’s Rahul achieved the feat in 13 innings. His is second in the list of players to achieve the milestone of 500 runs in T20I.
Likewise, Australia’s captain Aaron Finch and Pakistan’s Babar achieved the milestone in 15 innings each while Birat Kohli reached the 500 runs mark in 16 innings and Yuvraj Singh in 17 innings.
Bhurtel had made his debut in T20I against the Netherlands last year. He also became the first player in the world to score half centuries in T20Is in the first three matches.