It’s Virat Kohli’s Dream to reach as close to his idol Sachin Tendulkar. Well, not in International Cricket but he has managed to achieve it in #IPL9 as a captain.
Kohli, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore became the 1st captain who has scored over 500 runs in IPL in 3 seasons and while attempting to do so, he broke the record of Sachin, who achieved this feat 2 times, when he was Mumbai Indians’ Captain. In the 2010 edition, Sachin scored 618 runs while in the 2011 edition, he scored 553.
Kohli Needed 67 runs for completing 500 runs in IPL 2016 before the match with Rising Pune Supergiants on Saturday. Virat scored 108 off 58 balls for chasing 192 run target for the team. With this, Kohli also became the 1st captain for scoring 2 hundreds in a season.
So far, Kohli has scored 541 runs in 8 matches. Overall this was the 4th instance wherein Kohli crossed 500 run mark in IPL and 3 times he was captain. He had scored 634 runs in 2013, which is also the highest ever aggregate by a captain in IPL, and 505 runs in 2015 as RCB’s captain. In 2011 as a player, he scored 557 runs.
Gautam Gambhir & David Warner are the two other batsmen who have crossed the 500-run mark in IPL as captains. Gambhir had scored 590 runs to guide Kolkata Knight Riders to their maiden IPL title in 2012, while Warner was the orange cap holder in the last edition with 562 runs in 14 matches.