Injured Virat Kohli smashes Chris Gayle’s record

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli broke teammate Chris Gayle’s record to become the highest scorer in a single season of the Indian Premier League. (Full Coverage | Points Table) The 27-year-old Delhi dasher now has 752 runs from 12 matches, surpassing Chris Gayle’s 733 runs back in 2014. Kohli accomplished the feat during his unbeaten knock of 75 off 51 balls during a comprehensive win against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.Moreover, Kohli battled an injury to stand firm and deliver a crucial win for his team. The RCB skipper had suffered a split in his webbing during KKR’s innings. But he battled on to smash his fifth half-century of the season. (Don’t mind playing with 10 stitches as long as RCB win: Kohli )Gayle had taken 14 matches to accumulate 733 two years back while Kohli went past in two fewer games. RCB still have at least two league games left. If they win those two, RCB would qualify for the playoffs and Kohli could have a shot at creating a record few would come close to. (Kohli, de Viliers batting like Batman, Superman: Gayle )Kohli, who has been in breathtaking form this year for India in limited-overs cricket, earlier also became the first batsman to blast three hundreds in an IPL season.The Indian Test captain overcame a middling 2015 to smash 381 runs including two hundreds in the five-match ODI series against Australia earlier this year. That was soon followed by 199 runs in the three T20 Internationals against the Aussies. Rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka, Kohli was in top form again during the Asia Cup T20 and was named Player of the Series in the ICC World Twenty20.advertisementKohli now has five fifties and three hundreds from 12 innngs in the IPL. How many would he end up with if RCB reach the playoffs?last_img

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