IPL 2021: Virat Kohli inches closer to major milestones as RCB captain gears up for new season

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Virat Kohli has arguably been the most successful batsman in the Indian Premier League. Despite not being able to land a title with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the skipper of the popular franchise owns quite a few batting records in the T20 league.

Virat Kohli is in that stage of his career where he is on the cusp of achieving a new milestone in every match he plays, be it at the international level or in the IPL. As he gears up for the 14th season of IPL, the RCB captain is nearing a few major landmarks.

Virat Kohli closes in on Mount 6k

No batsman has been more prolific than Virat Kohli in the IPL. He is the leading run-scorer in the IPL with 5878 runs from 192 matches. Having had some extremely productive seasons, including 2016 wherein he scored 973 runs, Kohli is all set to become the first batsman in the T20 league to reach 6,000 runs.

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The India captain is on top of the list, with the nearest rival being Chennai Super Kings star Suresh Raina. The former India cricketer has 5368 runs in 193 matches.

Kohli has not been at his best in the IPL in the recent past. However, he has still managed to stitch two 400-plus seasons on the trot. Having hit peak form in the T20 series and the ODI series against England, Kohli will look to do the bulk of the scoring. Keep in mind, the RCB skipper will be opening the batting for his franchise this year.

Kohli eyes 200 appearances IPL

Virat Kohli is all set to become the first Royal Challengers Bangalore player to make 200 appearances in the IPL. He has played 192 matches so far and is set to become the first player to play 200 matches for a single franchise.
MS Dhoni (204) is the most capped player in the IPL followed by Rohit Sharma (200), Suresh Raina (193) and Kohli.

Virat Kohli eyes 10,000-run milestone in T20 cricket

Virat Kohli is on course to also become the first India cricketer to get to 10,000 T20 runs. The Skipper has 9731 runs in 289 innings at an impressive average of 41.94. He needs only 269 runs to get to the landmark.

Only 3 cricketers have more than 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle (13,720), Kieron Pollard (10,629) and Shoaib Malik (10,488) have scaled Mount 10k so far. David Warner, with 9824, is likely to get to the milestone ahead of the India captain as he will be raring to make winning contributions to Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021.