Bengaluru: Going by his recent performances so far Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli has become a wizard in chasing down any target. Kohli, who recently registered his second IPL ton against Rising Pune Supergiants on Saturday, now has managed to break Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
Kohli became the first captain to score more than 500 runs in IPL in three different seasons. Sachin achieved the feat twice as captain of Mumbai Indians. The ‘Little Master’ smashed 618 runs in the 2010 edition and 553 runs in the 2011 edition.
Kohli needed 67 runs to complete 500 runs in IPL 2016 before facing MS Dhoni-led Supergiants, and he not only shattered the record but also scored his second century of the season as he notched up an unbeaten 108 off 58 balls to help his team chase down 192-run target. The impeccable knock also made Kohli the first captain to score two hundreds in a season.
In the 8 matches so far, Kohli, who now comfortably dons the Orange Cap with 541 runs, boasts an average of 90.16. This was the fourth time overall Kohli has crossed the 500-run mark. Earlier in 2013 he had amassed 634 runs, which is also the highest ever aggregate by a captain in the IPL, and 505 runs in 2015 edition as RCB's captain. Before taking charge as RCB skipper, Kohli had accumulated 557 runs in 2011.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir and Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner are the other two batsmen to have crossed the 500-run mark in the IPL as captains. Gambhir had scored 590 runs to guide KKR to their maiden IPL title in 2012, while Warner was the Orange Cap holder in the previous edition with 562 runs in 14 matches....