With scores of 12 (vs Delhi Capitals), 8 (vs Chennai Super Kings), 72* (vs Rajasthan Royals), 5 (vs KKR), and 33 (Sunrisers), Virat Kohli has thus far endured a silent IPL 2021. But still, quite a few games are left to be played. So far, we’ve missed the characteristic aggression. As a matter of fact, the crowd’s hardly gone bonkers on the charismatic stroke play of one of the greatest batsman’s that there’s been. But a thing must be mentioned and a stern warning to all those who doubt him must be immediately served.
Soon, there will be fireworks in the skies. The crowd will be on its feet. Champagne bottles will open. And there will be wild celebrations everywhere cricket is celebrated as a champion batsman’s game.
The reason? Virat Kohli is fast approaching a milestone. No, wait! He is on the heels of a mega milestone in cricket, of the kinds that many only dream about. So just what is it?
And what fanfare so keenly anticipates celebrating the man described as King Kohli?
Well, in case you didn’t note, the all-format captain of the Indian National team as well as the ring leader the famed Royal Challengers Bangalore (who’ve registered four amazing wins so far) is just 106 runs away from reaching 10,000 T20 international runs.
There are records. There are great records and then there’s this- the magnum opus of sorts!
Well, how else is one going to describe the trailblazing feat of a batsman nearing, just sitting on the cusp of 10,000 runs? And that too, in a format where there are brief chances to score and the number of deliveries restricted?
But then, there has hardly ever been a doubt about the prowess of a certain Virat Kohli, isn’t it?
It was back in the 2016 edition of the IPL, where Virat Kohli towered 1,000 plus urns, giving us a glimpse of his incredible run-scoring appetite. Over the years, he’s played some fascinating knocks even in the mother of all T20 battles, such as that match-winning knock at Mohali that pushed Australia out of the 2016 World T20.
Even in the sad defeat at the hands of the West Indies, in the semi-finals at Mumbai, 2016 World Cup, Virat Kohli played a blinder.
But it must be said, as the great champion of the bat approaches 10,000 runs- he is surely going to blaze a trail that most can simply imagine reaching at some point in their lives.
As a matter of fact, he became the first Indian ever to breach the 6000-run mark in the famed Indian Premier League and he did so, just days before in the ongoing IPL (2021 edition).
That being said, here’s what you may call an enticing trivia surrounding the man with the golden bat:
Kohli has played 295 T20 innings in his illustrious career so far and if the RCB skipper gets to the 10,000-run milestone before 303 innings, he will become the second-fastest player to reach the five-digit mark after Chris Gayle, who completed 10,000 runs in just 285 innings in 2017.
All hail King Kohli, right!