Top 5 Innings of Virat Kohli in IPL
Virat Kohli’s hunger to be the best in the game makes him one of the greatest batsmen in the current are. The Indian skipper boasts of an outstanding record in all formats of the game. Be it Tests, ODIs or T20s, Virat Kohli has managed to score runs in all formats.
Virat Kohli’s numbers in the Indian Premier League is nothing but outstanding. The run-machine is, in fact, the leading run-scorer in the cash-rich league. He has played 177 matches in IPL thus far in his career and has scored 5412 runs at an average of 36.84 and strike rate of 131.61.
Virat Kohli made his debut with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural edition of IPL and has been playing with the same franchise ever since. He led the side for the first time in 2013 edition of the tournament. The 31-year old has led the side for seven consecutive seasons but is yet to win the elusive trophy.
In this article, we look at top 5 innings of Virat Kohli in IPL:
#1 Virat Kohli's 113 against KXIP
Virat Kohli’s 113-run knock against Kings Eleven Punjab remains the best knock of his IPL career. By his own admission, Virat Kohli calls it as best knock of his IPL career.
A match where every ball was coming onto his bat perfectly, Virat Kohli looked heart-warming. Virat Kohli struck eight big sixes and 12 fours on his way to score 113 runs off just 50 balls. He brought up his century off just 47 balls. His knock helped RCB post 211 runs in just 15 overs. RCB won that game by 82 runs.
#2 Virat Kohli' 109 against Gujarat Lions
One of the innings to remember, Virat Kohli’s 109-run knock against Gujarat Lions stand second in the list of top 5 innings of Virat Kohli in the IPL. Batting first, Chris Gayle went cheaply for 6 but what followed was one of the best partnerships in the history of the cash-rich league.
Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers combined together to put up a 229-run partnership for the first wicket. Virat Kohli scored a fabulous 109 runs knock off just 55 balls, while AB De Villiers scored 129 runs off just 52 balls.
Virat initially started slowly but once he went past 50-run mark, the Indian skipper took not more than 20 balls to bring up his century.
#3 Virat Kohli's 99 against Delhi Daredevils
Virat Kohli has hit 5 centuries in his IPL career so far. He scored his maiden century against Gujarat Lions in 2016. However, before that, he came agonisingly close to the 100-run mark in the 2013 edition of the cash-rich league.
One of the best innings Virat Kohli has played in his career, he scored 99 runs off 58 balls before getting run-out on the final ball of the innings. His innings helped his team notch 183 runs in 20 overs.
Delhi Daredevils, in reply, fell short of just 4 balls as they scored 179 runs in their 20 overs.
#4 Virat Kohli's 108 against Rising Pune Supergiants
Kohli’s second century in the IPL game against Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 edition of the IPL. Chasing a total of 192, Virat Kohli whacked 7 sixes and 8 fours on his way to scoring his second century in his IPL career. He scored 108 runs in 58 balls, helping his side win the game by 7 wickets. KL Rahul and Shane Watson also made valuable contributions with 38 and 36 respectively.
#5 Virat Kohli's 100 against Kolkata Knight Riders
Virat Kohli’s fifth century in his IPL career sits fifth in our list of Virat Kohli’s top five knocks in IPL. Against KKR, Virat Kohli fired on all cylinders, smashing 9 fours and four sixes. He scored 100 runs off just 58 balls. Moeen Ali smashed 66 off just 28 balls as RCB scored 213 runs in their 20 overs.
In pursuit of the total, KKR scored 203, eventually losing the game by 10 runs.