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23 Mar 2021
Indian run-machine which had not been working to its full potential right now, Virat Kohli reached yet another milestone in his already illustrious career as he became the first man in the history of the Indian Premier League to score 6000 runs in the tournament. The milestone was achieved by the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper in the match against Rajasthan Royals.
Before the start of the innings, Kohli, 32, needed 51 runs to get to the milestone and he not only got to the 51, by scoring his first fifty this season but also helped his partner, young opener Devdutt Padikkal in his endeavour to a hundred.
Widely acclaimed for the ability to bat himself into form, Kohli struggled for the first 20 balls of his innings, scoring just 22 off it. After playing second fiddle to Padikkal till the 12th over, Kohli decided that he had had enough. The RCB captain targetted youngster Chetan Sakariya hitting him for two boundaries in the 12th over.
Soon after, Kohli displayed his full range of shots, punishing the likes of Chris Morris and Shreyas Gopal punishing them for marginally missing their lengths in the second innings. At a point in time it looked like Padikkal's potential hundred was in threat with just 20 odd runs remaining and Kohli accelerating at 69 off 43 deliveries.
He later moved the ball around in the ground and let Padikkal scored his century - the youngster's first in his IPL career.
Kohli, now, the highest run-getter in the tournament is almost 600 runs ahead of the second-ranked Suresh Raina, who has 5448 runs in his kitty.