Virat Kohli added another feather in the game after becoming the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League to play a total of 5000 balls.
Virat Kohli reached the feat during the Southern Derby while playing against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings on 4 May, Wednesday. Virat Kohli, who has floated between the opening and one down position for the larger part of his IPL career, stands out from the rest of the competition in terms of the numbers of balls faced. He is followed by three openers – Punjab Kings’ Shikhar Dhawan, who has faced 4810 deliveries, Rohit Sharma, who has faced 4429 deliveries and David Warner – the only overseas player in the top four, who has played 4062 balls.
Kohli, in his entire IPL career, has scored almost 6500 runs at a strike rate of 129.
In the match against Chennai, Kohli struggled to get going after opening the batting alongside Faf du Plessis and ended up getting cleaned up by Moeen Ali on a track that helped the spinners.
Kohli scored a struggling 30 off 33 balls.
Kohli has looked horribly out of touch throughout the season and even in his only half century against Gujarat Titans, scored a struggling 58 off 53 balls. His innings divided opinions among the fans. While Kohli hardliners breathed a sigh of relief feeling that the maestro had gotten his touch back, the larger audience criticised his approach to the game on a day where young Rajast Patidar scored a rapid half century – his first in the Indian Premier League.
Kohli once again failed to live up to expectations in the Chennai game as watchers of the game criticised his below par strike rate of 90. Apart from being sub-par with the bat, Kohli was also involved in the run-out of Glenn Maxwell.
At the time of writing, RCB are 123/3 after 15 overs, with Mahipal Lomror and Rajat Patidar going hammer and tongs against Chennai Super Kings.