Virat Kohli on verge of making history; will become first player to achieve this rare IPL record
The 43rd game of the 2023 Indian Premier League will see Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants facing each other in a high-voltage clash on Monday. The game will take place at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams have some big match-winners in the lineup and a strong batting order. Both teams played a game earlier in this competition that ended in a nail-biting finish. Eventually, it was KL Rahul and his men that clinched a one-wicket win on the last ball of the game.
Thus, the expectations for this game are also very high. All eyes will be on RCB stand-in captain Virat Kohli, who has been in prime form. The 34-year-old has been a consistent performer in this competition. He has scored 333 runs in 8 innings at an average and strike rate of 47.57 and 142.31, respectively.
Virat has also scored five half-centuries in eight innings, which shows how well he is batting at the moment. He also scored a fifty in the last game, when RCB faced LSG in Bangalore. With this form, Virat is expected to score yet another half-century in the upcoming games.
Notably, if he does so, he will write history and script his name in the record books. The RCB stand-in skipper is the highest run-scorer in IPL history. He has scored 6957 runs in 223 innings at 36.62 and 129.72, including five centuries and 49 half-centuries.
He needs another 43 runs to become the first player to score 7000 runs in IPL cricket. Shikhar Dhawan (6506), David Warner (6187), and Rohit Sharma (6063) are the other batters with 6000-plus IPL runs. If he scores fifty on Monday, he will also become only the second player after David Warner (59) to score 50 half-centuries in the league.