RR vs RCB: Virat Kohli on the verge of becoming the first batsman to achieve this record in IPL 2024

Updated - 22 May 2024, 11:55 AM

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) batter Virat Kohli is on the verge of making history during the 'Eliminator' match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Virat Kohli has the opportunity to achieve a massive batting milestone in the upcoming match of the IPL 2024.

Virat Kohli has silenced critics who questioned his strike rate in the shorter format of the game. The right-handed batter is the 'Orange Cap' holder in the ongoing IPL season. He has scored 708 runs in 14 innings at an average of 64.36 and a strike rate of 155.60. He has smashed one century and five fifties.

The 35-year-old batter played a crucial role in the Bengaluru-based team's resurgence after six consecutive defeats. The Faf du Plessis-led team secured six consecutive wins to reach the playoff stage of the IPL 2024. Bengaluru finished fourth in the table with 14 points and a net run rate (NRR) of +0.459.

RCB will face the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their upcoming match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, May 22. RCB wants to extend their winning streak and reach Qualifier 2. The Sanju Samson-led team suffered four losses in the last five matches, and one was abandoned due to rain.

Virat Kohli Needs 29 Runs To Become The First Batter Achieve This Record

Virat Kohli needs just 29 runs to become the first cricketer to reach 8,000 runs in the history of the Indian Premier League. The veteran batter is the leading run-getter in the tournament. He has scored 7971 runs at an impressive average of 38.69 and a strike rate of 131.94, including 8 centuries and 55 fifties.

Shikhar Dhawan is in second place in the list of leading run-getters, having scored 6769 runs in 222 matches at an average of 35.25, followed by Rohit Sharma, David Warner, and Suresh Raina. These batters are unlikely to break Virat Kohli's batting record shortly in the Indian Premier League.

Most Runs In IPL History

Player Span Mat Runs HS Ave SR 100 50
Virat Kohli 2008-2024 251 7971 113* 38.69 131.94 8 55
Shikhar Dhawan 2008-2024 222 6769 106* 35.25 127.14 2 51
Rohit Sharma 2008-2024 257 6628 109* 29.72 131.14 2 43
David Warner 2009-2024 184 6565 126 40.52 139.77 4 62
Suresh Raina 2008-2021 205 5528 100* 32.51 136.73 1 39
MS Dhoni 2008-2024 264 5243 84* 39.12 137.53 0 24
AB de Villiers 2008-2021 184 5162 133* 39.70 151.68 3 40

Virat Kohli has reached the IPL final three times (in 2009, 2011, and 2016) but has not yet won the tournament. In 2016, Kohli scored a record-breaking 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of over 81 and a strike rate above 152. He smashed four centuries and seven fifties with a best score of 113.

The ace batter needs 266 more runs to surpass his own record of most runs in a single edition in the IPL. With potentially three matches left for his team, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Kohli has the opportunity to achieve this milestone if they reach the final.

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