Captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli on Thursday became the first player in history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to notch up 6000 runs, while batting against Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Kohli reached the milestone in the 13th over of the second innings at Wankhede. Kohli hasn’t had the best of starts, having managed only 71 runs in 3 matches. Kohli was dismissed for 5 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous outing.
Kohli, the leading run-scorer in the IPL was just 51 runs away from achieving this milestone ahead of the start of the game.
Kohli, along with Devdutt Padikkal provided a brilliant start to RCB’s innings in chase of 178. After Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel picked up three wickets each to restrict 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 6000-mark with a boundary off a full toss off the bowling of Chris Morris. Kohli had earlier registered scores of 33 against Mumbai Indians, 33 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 5 against Kolkata Knight Riders and his fifty against Rajasthan Royals is his first of the season and 41st of his IPL career.