Why Virat Kohli is an IPL legend

His form is of crucial importance as India prepares for Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. We decode his stats in the IPL.

Indian batting legend Virat Kohli hasn’t scored an international ton in the last three years. His performance in 2022 IPL raised eyebrows, especially his mode of dismissals. The 33-year-old superstar is facing a rough patch. His form is of crucial importance as India prepares for Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. We decode his stats in the IPL.

IPL legend

  • He is the highest all-time run-scorer with 6411 runs.
  • He is second in the list of most centuries – 5
  • He is second in the number of most boundaries – 557
  • He hit 212 sixes, sixth most in IPL history.
  • He has 42 fifties, third in the IPL records.


Most Valuable Player

  • He is the most expensive player in IPL history.
  • RCB retained him for Rs 18 crore during the 2018 IPL.
  • He surpassed Yuvraj Singh, bought by Delhi Daredevils (Now Delhi Capitals) for Rs 16 crore.


Most runs in a season

  • Virat was at his brutal best in the 2016 IPL and won the Orange Cap.
  • He scored 973 runs in 16 matches, 27 shy of 1000 runs in a season!
  • He scored at an average of 81.08.
  • His fearless batting helped RCB reach the final.
  • He also won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2016.


A man of many firsts

  • He became the first player to reach 4000 runs in IPL.
  • Virat’s 973 runs is the most runs scored by a player in a season.
  • He scored four centuries from 16 matches.
  • He is the only player to score four tons in an IPL season.
  • He hit centuries against Gujarat Lions in home and away fixtures.
  • His other two centuries came against Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab.


The partnership maker

  • Virat and AB de Villiers set the highest partnership record against Mumbai Indians in 2015.
  • The record was 215 runs.
  • In 2016, the duo broke this record, scoring 229 runs.
  • In that match, Virat scored 109 runs at a strike rate of 198.
  • Virat also stitched many impressive opening partnerships with Chris Gayle.


RCB loyalist

  • Virat is with RCB for 14 years, the most by any IPL player with any franchise.
  • In 2016, he announced that RCB will be the only franchise he will play for in IPL.
  • He scored 6411 runs from 216 matches for RCB in IPL.
  • His batting average stands at 36.43.
  • He scored 5 centuries and 42 fifties with 113 being his best IPL score.


Kohli’s poor IPLs

  • In 2008, Kohli scored 165 runs from 12 innings, his all-time worst show, averaging 15.
  • In 2009, he scored 246 runs at a 22.36 average.
  • In 2022, he only managed 341 runs from 16 matches at an average of 21.31.


Virat as RCB skipper

  • Virat Kohli led RCB in 140 matches.
  • He is third in the list of most matches as IPL captain.
  • RCB won 66 games and lost 70 games under his leadership.
  • His win percentage is 48.52.
  • In 2016, RCB finished second under Kohli.
  • In 2017 and 2019, RCB finished in the last position under his captaincy.



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