IPL 2021: 7 Big records Virat Kohli can break or create

IPL 2021: 7 Big records Virat Kohli can break or create

Virat Kohli is termed as modern-day great for his incredible consistency and brilliant performances.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Indian captain Virat Kohli is termed as modern-day great for his incredible consistency and brilliant performances. He is currently the only player to be part of the Top 5 batsmen in each of the three formats in the ICC player rankings. He recently won the player of the series award in T20I against England. The swashbuckling batsman would now want to continue his good form in IPL 2021 as well. He will be leading the RCB team who have not won an IPL trophy even once in its 13 years journey.

Let’s look at 7 records that Virat Kohli can break in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League:

122Virat Kohli has so far accumulated 5878 runs in 184 innings in his IPL career. He has scored these runs at an average of 38.16, and a strike rate of 130.73. He requires 122 more runs to become the first cricketer in IPL history to achieve the 6000-run mark.

Player Innings Runs Avg Strike Rate
Virat Kohli 184 5878 38.16 130.73
Suresh Raina 189 5368 33.34 137.14
David Warner 142 5254 42.71 141.54
Rohit Sharma 195 5230 31.31 130.61
Shikhar Dhawan 175 5197 34.41 126.87

8 – The RCB captain has played 192 matches in the tournament. He is all set to feature in his 200th IPL match this season with only 8 more games needed. He will become the first cricketer to play 200 IPL games for a single IPL team.

Player Matches
Teams played for
MS Dhoni 204 CSK, RPS
Rohit Sharma 200 DC, MI
Dinesh Karthik 196
DC, GL, KXIP, KKR, MI, RCB
Suresh Raina 193 CSK, GL
Virat Kohli 192 RCB

5 – Virat had an amazing season in IPL 2016 where he slammed 4 centuries. He later completed his fifth IPL hundred against KKR in 2019. Only Chris Gayle has more IPL tons (6) than Virat in the tournament. The Indian skipper will have a chance to equal Chris Gayle or even surpass him with 1 or more centuries in IPL 2021.

269 – In T20 cricket, Virat has scored 9731 runs in 289 innings. This includes 5 hundreds and 71 half-centuries. He requires 269 more runs to complete 10000 T20 runs and become the first Indian player to achieve the milestone.

Player Innings Runs Strike rate
Virat Kohli 289 9731 134.23
Rohit Sharma 330 9065 133.58
Suresh Raina 308 8494 137.71
Shikhar Dhawan 281 8102 124.99
Robin Uthappa 265 6861 132.88

6 – The prolific batsman has 44 fifty+ scores to his name in the cash-rich league. He is now 6 fifty-plus scores away from completing a half-century of fifties in the tournament. He can become the first Indian to reach the landmark, and second in the overall tally after David Warner (52).

1000 – Virat Kohli holds the record for scoring the most runs (973) in an IPL season which he achieved in 2016. Given his superb form, he might become the first player in IPL history to breach the 1000-run mark in one IPL season.

155 – Virat has 2345 runs to his name as an opener in 61 innings. Since he will be opening this year, Virat will have a chance to complete 2500 runs as an opener. He will become the first player to score 2500+ IPL runs at two different positions if does that. The dashing batsman has aggregated 2696 runs in 86 innings while batting at number 3.

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