Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli became the highest run-getter in the Indian Premier League history after he surpassed Suresh Raina to achieve the feat on Friday in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The match which took place at Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium concluded with an emphatic win by the visitors.
Kohli aided RCB to post a mammoth score of 205/3 with a knock of 49-ball 84 but that was not enough as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss in five matches so far. Kohli also surpassed Raina to become the second Indian batsman to bag 8000 runs in T20 cricket.
The Indian cricket team skipper started his innings for RCB with 17 short of the 8000-run mark and reached the landmark in the 10th ball of the innings. In the IPL, he now has 5110 as compared to 5, 086 runs of Raina. Despite becoming the highest run scorer of the tournament, Kohli was left disappointed after the match and questioned the bowling performance.
“There is no guessing there (about where we lost the game), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That’s been our story this season so far,” Kohli said after the five-wicket loss.
Andre Russell smashed an unbeaten 48 off 13 balls to script a memorable win for KKR.
“If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it’s always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell,” Kohli said.
Talking about his own innings of 84, Kohli said: “I wasn’t really happy getting out at that moment, could’ve got 20-25 more. AB didn’t get much strike in the end. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn’t have enough composure.
“If you can’t defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don’t know if you can defend 100. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don’t think talking enough helps all the time.
“You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It’s been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances,” added Kohli.