Surpassing Suresh Raina’s record breaking tally, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has become the highest run-getter in the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) history with a total of 4590 runs as he knocked off 92 not out against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday.
For the ace cricketer in India and across the world and captain of Indian cricket team – Virat Kohli, the start of the current IPL season might not be in the way he would have liked, but he has made sure to mark his presence in the field – loud. First beating the Rajasthan Royals and then against the Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli has come into his own at the IPL – which means, time to smash some records. On Tuesday, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli surpassed the record of Chennai Super Kings’ veteran Suresh Raina to become the highest ever run-scorer in the history of Indian Premier League.
On Tuesday, at the Wankhede Stadium, Kohli’s team needed 214 runs to win the game against Mumbai Indians, but Kohli had to wage a lone battle as none of their batsmen could provide any support to Kohli. Winning the match against MI was an uphill task to chase, but when he opened the inning with Quinton de Kock, Kohli needed just 31 runs to surpass Raina’s score and become the highest run-getter of IPL. He marked the record as the score went past Raina’s total of 4,558 runs in IPL history when he reached the score of 32. Beyond that, Kohli remained unbeaten on 92 off 62 balls, in which he hit seven fours and four sixes.
Although his team Royal Challengers Bangalore lost it against Mumbai Indians with a difference of 46 runs and the team have had no results to write home about, Kohli has been the silver lining for the otherwise floundering side. Kohli scored more than 55 percent of the runs for his team and face more than half the balls bowled by the opposition too on his way to recording the second highest individual score (92*) of the season so far. Also, the 1th season of IPL could prove to be a record breaker season for him as he is at the third spot in ‘most sixes hit’ list – just behind Raina and Rohit Sharma.