IPL 2019: The 12th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League is all set to begin from March 23, when the defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on the Royal Challenger Bangalore at the iconic M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
It has been a tough journey for the Royal Challengers as they have not been able to win a single title in the history of IPL, despite having the world’s best batsman Virat Kohli in their side as a captain. Kohli has been in a phenomenal form since the past three years but has not been able to make his mark as a captain in the IPl, unlike international cricket. There’s no doubt, Kohli will pile up runs as usual, but the question is will he be able to lead his team to the title?
Looking at Kohli’s current stats, here are the records which he might break in this season of the cash-rich IPL:
1. Most run-getter:
Since the past two years, the race of getting the highest runs in the IPL has gone down to the wire between, Kohli and veteran batsman Suresh Raina. Currently, Raina is at the top of the table, with 4985 runs off 176 matches while Kohli at second, with scoring 4948 runs in 163 matches. With having a difference of just 37 runs, it is pitted to be the highly anticipated battle in IPL 2019. Let’s see, who can make it to the top!
2. Most hundreds:
Scoring a century in ODI and Test cricket has become mandatory for Kohli and he has made batting look so easy in any conditions. But, smashing a century in T20Is is altogether a different game. Kohli has been able to register four IPL centuries, which came in a single season i.e. IPL 2016 and holds a unique record of hitting the maximum number of centuries in a same year. He is currently on the second position in scoring the most IPL hundreds. Meanwhile, his ex-teammate Chris Gayle is at the top, with six centuries. So, will be able to past Chris Gayle in terms of scoring most hundreds in the history of IPL?
3. Most 50+ scores:
Here also he ranks second in scoring the most 50+ runs score in an innings, with having 34 half centuries in IPL so far. David Warner tops this table, with 39 half centuries. As far as form is concerned, it is the best chance for Kohli to surpass Warner, as he has not played much cricket in recent times and will definitely take a little time to gain momentum in sub-continent conditions.
The IPL schedule was only limited to the first two weeks of the tournament since the dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections have not been announced. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers will play five games in the said period while the remaining six teams will play four matches each.