Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on Friday overtook Suresh Raina to become the leading run-getter in the Indian Premier League. India captain achieved the feat during the game against Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored a delightful 84 off 49 balls, taking his IPL runs tally to 5110. Kohli also became the second Indian to score 8000 runs in T20 cricket after Raina.
Raina, who has scored 5086 runs, could overtake Kohli on Saturday when Chennai Super Kings host Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is third in the list with 4600 IPL runs.
Put into bat by Dinesh Karthik, Royal Challenger Bangalore’s skipper Virat Kohli dispatched Prasidh Krishna for two boundaries in the first over of the innings and from there on he never looked back. A familiar Virat Kohli was at a display for the Chinnaswamy crowd as he creamed boundaries off the Kolkata bowlers.
By the time Kohli was dismissed, he had accumulated 84 runs off 49 deliveries and Bangalore was placed handsomely at 172/2. During his innings, he hit nine fours and two sixes and scored at a strike rate of 171.43. He was part of a 108 run partnership with South African AB de Villiers for the second wicket. This was Kohli's first fifty of the season.
Kohli has been part of the IPL since its inception in 2008 and has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore since the first season.