RCB vs MI: Kohli becomes fastest to reach 5,000 IPL runs

Prior to IPL 2019, Kohli had 4,948 runs from 163 matches at a strike-rate of 130.76, including 34 fifties and four hundreds.

In 2016, Kohli's 973 runs in 16 games was the highest individual tally in a season.   -  R.V. Moorthy

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to breach the 5,000-run mark in the IPL on Thursday. He got to the milestone with a single off Jasprit Bumrah during the game against Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Bumrah, however, was quick to dismiss Kohli in the fourth ball of the over. King Kohli mistimed a pull and the top-edge went to Hardik Pandya at square leg.

He scored 46 off 32 balls.

Prior to IPL 2019, Kohli had 4,948 runs from 163 matches at a strike-rate of 130.76, including 34 fifties and four hundreds. In 2016, his 973 runs in 16 games came at a strike-rate of 152.03, and at an average of 81.08.

Kohli’s four hundreds pushed RCB to the final where it lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. But for the India skipper, it was the highest individual tally in a season.

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The first hundred, against now-defunct Gujarat Lions, was reached in 63 balls, the second against (also defunct) Rising Pune Supergiant in 56, the third against Gujarat Lions in 53, and the fourth against King’s XI Punjab in just 47.

Last week, Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina became the first batsman to breach the 5000-run mark in the IPL. He got to the milestone with a single. Raina now has 5,034 runs from 178 matches, including 35 fifties and one hundred. A vital part of the CSK line-up, Raina's lone century came against the Kings XI Punjab in 2013.