Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli became the first player to score 6000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He brought up the milestone during RCB’s 10-wickets thrashing of Rajasthan Royals (RR) in IPL 2021 on Thursday. Kohli has scored his first half-century of the season , as he hits six fours and three sixes end route to his 47-ball 72. Coming into the match, kohli needed to score 51 runs to get to the milestone. He currently has 6021 runs in the IPL and leads the tournament run charts . Virat Kohli to become first player to score 6000 runs in IPL.
Kohli took over from Raina as the tournament leading run-scorer last season , as the left-handed Chennai Super Kings star opted out of the competition. It will be a top of the table clash , with RCB leading and CSK second with four matches played by all teams . The 32-year-old, who had played his first IPL match against KKR in 2008, extended his all-time run -scoring record over other batsmen in the cash-rich league by getting to 6021 runs in 196 matches. He has five hundreds and 40 fifties. Chasing a target of 178, Kohli (72* off 47) forged a 181-run opening partnership with Devdutt Padikkal (101* off 52) and helped RCB reclaim the top spot in the points table . So far, they have won all four of their matches.
Kohli, along with Devdutt Padikkal provided a brilliant start to RCB’s innings in the chase of 178. After Mohammed Siraj and Harshad Patel picked up three wickets each to limit RR to 177/9 , kohli and Padikkal added a century plus stand for the opening wicket with both batsmen, scoring fifties . Padikkal took 27 balls to get to his maiden half-century of the season, while Kohli required 34 balls .Kohli reached his half-century with a single down the ground and got to the 6k-mark with a boundary off a full toss the bowling of Chris Morris .