Kohli becomes first batsman to score 6000 IPL runs
Virat Kohli has created yet another record, as he became the first batsman to score 6,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Kohli reached the milestone during the 13th over of the innings, en route to his 47-ball 72-run knock against Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday (April 22).
Thanks to Kohli’s effort, alongside Devdutt Padikkal’s 52-ball 101, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 10 wickets. They are now in the first position in the points table, winning all four of their matches so far in this IPL.
Kohli, who had 5,949 IPL runs to his credit prior to this game, took 196 games in the lucrative league to surpass the 6,000-run mark. After this match, he has 6,021 IPL runs at an average of 38.35.
Since playing his first match in the IPL 13 years ago, back in 2008 against Kolkata Knight Riders, the RCB skipper has scored 40 fifties as well as five centuries.
Four of those five tons came in 2016, when Kohli accumulated 973 runs from 16 matches, as his team reached the final of the competition, before taking a heartbreaking defeat to the eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, together with Padikkal, Kohli also created another record on the same day. They shared an unbeaten 181-run opening stand, which is the highest opening partnership for RCB. The previous best was of 167 runs between Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan against Pune Warriors India in 2013.
By chasing down the 178-run target set by Rajasthan, Kohli and Padikkal also took their names in the third place of the list for highest targets chased down without losing a wicket. The first position belongs to KKR’s Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn (184 vs Gujarat Lions, 2017), while the second position to CSK’s Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis (179 vs Kings XI Punjab, 2020).