Virat Kohli, the run machine creates history today against Gujrat Lions in M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. He becomes the first player to score three centuries in a single season in IPL history. The captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore has broken Robin Uthappa’s record also for most runs by an Indian batsman in a single season of the IPL. He needed just 11 innings to do so, and he did today.
Today, Virat thrashed 109 runs off 55 balls. AB de Villiers scored a brilliant century scoring 129 off 52 deliveries with the help of 10 fours and 12 sixes. Despite his brilliance, Virat Kohli managed to score a century in the final stages of the innings. He smashed sixes all over the park to reach his third IPL century in this season. He scored 30 runs off youngster Shivil Kaushik’s over. RCB decimated the Gujarat Lions’ bowling attack setting up a huge target of 249 runs. Gujrat managed just 104 runs in 18.4 overs. RCB won this match by 144 runs.
His run of scores in the tournament : 75, 79, 33, 80, 100*, 14, 52, 108*, 20, 7 and 109. This hundred is Kohli’s second against Gujarat Lions. Now Kohli scored 677 runs in eleven innings. The record for most runs in an IPL season remains the 733 that Chris Gayle and Michael Hussey achieved in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Gayle, Kohli’s RCB team-mate, also scored 708 in 2013, which is the third most for a season. In the same edition, Kohli had made 634 in 16 games, his previous personal best. Only three other batsmen have crossed 600 runs in an IPL season – Sachin Tendulkar (618 in 2010), Shaun Marsh (616 in 2008) and Gayle (608 in 2011).