Virat Kohli, the former captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and a famous batsman, made history on Friday by becoming the first cricketer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to achieve 6500 runs.
Kohli, the first Indian player to play for a single team in the IPL ever since its start, reached the milestone in the T20 league’s 220th match.
Kohli has been a consistent performer in the IPL, hitting 300 runs or more in each season since 2010, with three 500-run seasons as well as a performance year in 2016 when he scored 973 runs. Kohli hit four hundred in a given season, leading RCB with their first final in five years, and their highest finish in the team for the past six seasons.
Only PBKS’ Shikhar Dhawan, who is second in the IPL with 6186 runs, and the magical batter are the only two batters in the competition with 6000+ runs.
Virat Kohli has recorded more than 5 single-digit scores in the IPL this season:
Kohli needed 217 runs to achieve 6000 runs even before the season began, and it appeared that it would take him 6-8 innings to hit the milestone, but luck and runs haven’t been kind to him this year. Kohli has more than 5 single-digit IPL scores so far this season, with three first-ball ducks.
Kohli appeared to be regaining his typical touch on Friday when he was just not becoming out of form while striking the boundaries and concentrated on timing instead of power.
Kagiso Rabada delivered at Kohli’s body, crowding him for space, and the batsman attempted to pull it but was trapped in a tangled and only got as far as the short fine-leg fielder.
Kohli hit just 20 runs off 14 deliveries as RCB lost by 54 runs to Punjab, and they need to win their final game against the Gujarat Titans to keep their playoff hopes alive.