Indian Test captain and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli smashed an unprecedented fourth century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season despite nursing a finger injury- to become the tournament’s highest ever run scorer.
Kohli, who batted with nine stitches after splitting the webbing in his left hand in the previous game, bludgeoned 113 runs off 50 balls to reach 4,002 runs in the Twenty 20 competition.
Kohli overcomes Indian batsman Suresh Raina’s record of 3,985 runs as he led the Royal Challengers Bangalore to another crushing win against Kings XIPunjab on Wednesday.
The Indian Test captain put together a 147 run opening partnership with powerful Jamaican Chris Gayle Gayle (73)
In a rain-marred 15, a side game Bangalore piled up 211 for three in the game. In reply Kings, XI Punjab broke like a pack of cards as their innings ended with 120 for 9 in 14 overs.
“When all that was happening out there, I thought surely I can’t get a hundred in 15 overs. I wasn’t believing that it was happening,” said Kohli.
The in-form 27-year-old this week also became the highest run-getter in a single season, and he now stands at 865 runs in 13 games.
Kohli is the first batsman to hit four tons in a single T20 season, which, along with five half-centuries, has taken his average to 86.50 in this year’s competition.
Kohli and team-mate AB de Villiers also shared a record 229-run second-wicket stand last week, the highest partnership in the history of T20 cricket.