Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar lauded Virat Kohli for reaching the landmark of 6,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gavaskar said that the RCB skipper has set the bar for others and now others will also want to get 6000 runs. Virat Kohli reached the milestone of 6000 runs in the tournament during the IPL 2021 match against Rajasthan Royals.
Virat Kohli smashed 3 sixes and 6 fours to remain unbeaten on 72 off 47 balls in the match against Rajasthan Royals. His partner Devdutt Padikkal smacked a hundred to get his maiden IPL ton. Both the RCB openers smashed 181-run partnership to bag victory by 10 wickets in the match. Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in the Indian Premier League and the milestone of 6000 runs is his latest achievement with the bat.
Virat Kohli Has Set The Bar For Others: Sunil Gavaskar
While speaking to Star Sports, Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that Virat Kohli has set the bar for others who are among the top highest run-scorers in IPL.
“It stands right at the top, for the simple reason that when you’re the first to get to a particular landmark, you’re setting the bar for others. And now the others will want to get to 6000, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina, who have gone past 5000. They will be looking to get to 6000 because that is what the No. 1 player does,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
The 71-year-old also said that Kohli also batted amazingly in the match against Rajasthan Royals.
“To see the way he got to it was also amazing. He didn’t scratch about; he was hitting the ball fluently. Yes, he took a backseat as he himself said because Devdutt Padikkal was batting so well at the other end.
“And that’s what opening partnerships are all about. Therefore, this feat, as far as the IPL is concerned, I think every time you get to a particular landmark, the first is right at the top,” Sunil Gavaskar added.
After his 72-run knock against Rajasthan Royals, Virat Kohli has reached 6021 runs in 188 innings. He has also smashed 5 centuries and 40 half-centuries in the tournament so far.
In IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore have showcased a wonderful performance so far. RCB are unbeaten after winning all 4 matches and holds the top spot in the IPL 2021 points table with 8 points.