Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli sailed past Gautam Gambhir‘s record as a captain, as his unbeaten knock of 48 runs at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Monday, to power RCB ended up giving the team a 10-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab, while at the same time, taking Kohli way past Gambhir’s record as a captain.
Virat Kohli takes over Gambhir, second only to MS Dhoni in the list of captains with most runs
Kohli, who now has registered 3,525 runs in the Indian Premier League, is now only behind MS Dhoni (3683 runs) in the list of IPL captains with most runs. Ex-Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir, who gave up his captaincy for the betterment of the team this season, had scored 3,518 runs as a skipper. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is fourth in the list with 2,269 runs while Australian batsman and former SRH skipper David Warner, who couldn’t feature in IPL 2018, is fifth with 2,099 runs.
Only one to score 500 runs in IPL for the fifth time
Virat Kohli achieved another illustrious and unmatched feat with his bat, as he also became the only man to score 500 runs in an IPL season for the fifth time, during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s critical game against Kings XI Punjab in Indore on Monday(14 May).
Coming into the match against KXIP, Virat Kohli needed 34 runs to get to the landmark before the start of play. And things turned out well for the Team India and RCB skipper, as he smashed 48 not out to help his team stay alive in IPL 2018 by fighting off Kings XI Punjab.
Kohli is presently where the 29-year-old is expected, i.e., leading the run-scoring charts in the history of the Indian Premier League. The Delhi boy was reported to be having a struggling time with the bat last season, but has bounced back in dominant fashion this season.
Virat Kohli is the only player to remain with the same team since IPL 2008
Interestingly, Virat Kohli remains the only player in the IPL to have stayed and played with the same team since the inception of the Indian T20 league in 2008. Bought by RCB as an under 19 star cricketer 11 years ago, Kohli has transformed from a talented hitter to a reliable captain.
After pulling off a decent start, Virat Kohli started nearing his peak in 2011 edition of the IPL, smashing 557 runs in 16 matches. In 2013, the batting maestro was handed over the RCB captaincy, and it was accompanied by another strong batting performance by the skipper, scoring 634 runs from 16 matches. In 2015, Kohli again registered more than 500 runs, as he amassed 505 in 16 matches.
However, the it all became visible in 2016, when Virat Kohli tallied a record 973 runs including four hundreds. He had also hit seven boundaries as RCB stormed into the final, however, only to lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
This year in IPL 2018, Virat Kohli has once again proven his worth. The only concerning thing about the star duo of Kohli and AB de Villiers is that the RCB team is heavily dependent on them. Nonetheless, the duo have not disappointed yet. On Saturday, Kohli scored a 40-ball 70 while de Villiers remained unbeaten on 72 as RCB crushed Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
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