Virat Kohli crosses 600-run mark in India's cricket season
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star batter Virat Kohli continues to break records. He has now scored 600 runs or more in three Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons each.
With his knock of 101* in 61 balls, which consisted of 13 fours and a six, he took his run tally in the ongoing season beyond 600 runs. In 14 matches of IPL 2023, he has scored 639 runs at an average of 53.25 and a strike rate above 139. He has scored two centuries and six fifties this season, with best score of 101*. He is the third-highest run-scorer in the league so far. Virat had previously done this on two occasions, in 2013 (634 runs in 16 matches with six fifties) and in 2016 (973 runs in 16 matches with four centuries and seven fifties. He had also won the 'Orange Cap' for most runs that season.
Put to bat first by Gujarat Titans (GT), RCB posted a total of 197/5 in their 20 overs. Opening the batting, Virat Kohli had a 67-run opening stand with skipper Faf Du Plessis (28 in 19 balls). Useful cameos came from Michael Bracewell (26 in 16 balls) and Anuj Rawat (23* in 15 balls) as well. But it was Virat who stood tall with his second straight century of the season, his seventh overall. He scored 101* in just 61 balls, consisting of 13 fours and a six.