Stats: Virat Kohli’s record as captain and non-captain in IPL

Stats: Virat Kohli’s record as captain and non-captain in IPL

Kohli has been a standout performer in the IPL, amassing the most runs in the tournament

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

Is there a link between Virat Kohli and fantastic statistics? Probably not, because when his bat talks, every other thing becomes insignificant. With his hunger for runs, Kohli, one of the most successful batters of the modern era, has taken cricket to new heights.

When the IPL began 15 years ago, few people could have predicted that some of these players would one day conquer the world. Virat Kohli was also one of the names that the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise bought into their team, and he is still a member of the same team, which is a record because no other player has done the same.

Notably, in a game against the inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals in 2011, Kohli captained the RCB for the first time. In that encounter, RCB cruised to a nine-wicket victory. After Daniel Vettori stood down as captain of the RCB in May 2012, Kohli was named full-time captain.

Batter Virat Kohli as RCB captain

Span Matches Innings Runs Balls Faced Highest 100’s 50’s Ducks 4’s 6’s Average Strike Rate
2011-2021 140 139 4881 3661 113 5 35 5 413 167 42.07 133.32

Overall, Kohli has been a standout performer in the IPL, amassing the most runs in the tournament. He has 6,283 runs at an average of 37.39 in 207 IPL matches. Kohli has scored 42 fifties and has the second-most hundreds (5). There are 546 fours and 210 sixes in total to his name. In 2016, he set a new record for the most runs in a single edition (973).

Virat Kohli as non-captain

Matches Runs Average 50’s 100’s Strike Rate
67 1402 26.96 7 0 119.42

Virat Kohli as RCB captain

Matches Wins Losses No Results Win %
140 66 70 4 48.52

Kohli wowed everyone with his leadership abilities. However, he was unable to complete the ultimate task of leading RCB to the title. In total, he guided RCB in 140 games, winning 66 of them. RCB lost 70 games during this captaincy span, with four matches being rained out.

RCB’s standings in points table each year under Kohli’s captaincy

2013 5th
2014 7th
2015 3rd
2016 2nd
2017 8th
2018 6th
2019 8th
2020 4th
2021 4th

Kohli and his squad tried their utmost to lead RCB to the elusive crown, but they came up short on every occasion. This implies that the talismanic hitter will never be able to collect the IPL trophy as a RCB captain. It’s a sad fact for cricket fans all across the world, especially since Kohli is one of the game’s greats. The 33-year-old is now only a player for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Faf du Plessis will captain the side in this edition.