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Kohli looks best option to top run chart at T20 World Cup

| 01.10.2012

Virat Kohli certainly heads to the T20 World Cup high in confidence and bang in form and Ladbrokes are offering the top price that he is the top scorer at the end of the tournament.

Kohli is 12/1 to lead the scoring charts in Sri Lanka and has done little wrong with the bat in his latest preparation games.

The 23-year-old has registered scores of 68, 70 and 75 in three of his last four innings and a continuation of this form will see him pile on the runs in the T20 World Cup.

With India also playing potential tournament whipping boys Afghanistan first, there is every chance that Kohli will immediately be among the runs here.

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Meanwhile, he was second only to Chris Gayle in terms of runs throughout the 2011 Indian Premier League season.

The only negative in Kohli’s favour is that he is unlikely to open the batting for India, preventing him from maximum time at the crease.

Therefore, punters will be counting on either free-swinger Virender Sehwag or the slightly more conservative Gautem Gambhir to be dismissed quickly to bring Kohli to the crease.

Some punters may also want to oppose Kohli in favour of an opening batsman to be the top run scorer for the same reason.

Gayle is the 7/1 favourite and his penchant for hitting sixes will make him a popular choice.

But he is worth opposing at the prices given that the West Indies are less certain than other nations to reach the semi finals.

Ideally, punters want to be finding a player from a team with the best chance of reaching the final, to offer the best opportunity of participating in the maximum of seven games.

Hashim Amla is one such player for South Africa and he is 10/1 to top the run charts in Sri Lanka.

For those wanting some each-way value at a bigger price, there are worse options than England’s Alex Hales and Ladbrokes are far and away the top price on him scoring more runs than anyone else at the World Cup at 50/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.