Indian cricket team and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli, became the first Indian to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket during his side’s clash with Mumbai Indians on September 28, 2021, in the second phase of the 2021 Indian Premier League.
Kohli was playing his 314th T20 match (across all forms: international, domestic, and franchise), when he hit Jasprit Bumrah for a six to bring up the milestone.
The 32-year-old became the fifth player to reach the 10,000-run mark after Chris Gayle (14,275), Kieron Pollard (11,202), Shoaib Malik (10,832), and David Warner (10,019). Kohli is also the second-fastest to get to this milestone (299 innings) after Gayle (285 innings).
The RCB skipper is set to step down from his position at the end of the current IPL campaign – a decision which came after the announced he would step aside from leading the Indian cricket team in T20I cricket after the ICC T20 World Cup later this year.
He will, however, continue to lead the national team in Test and One-Day cricket.
Kohli is the all-time leading run-getter in the history of IPL with 6185 runs from 202 matches
RCB have already qualified for the play-offs of IPL 2021, and Kohli will be hoping to lead his side to the coveted trophy before he steps down as captain. The elusive honour has evaded him over the past seasons, and the closest his side got to winning the title was in 2016, where Hyderabad Sunrisers got the better of them in the finals.
This is the first time since 2011 that RCB have reached the playoffs with matches in hand, and the captain called upon his side to improve his games as they inch closer towards the end of the campaign.
“It feels amazing (qualification). I don’t think after 2011, we haven’t done it with games to spare, but it’s a great position to be in. Eight wins out of 12 games is a great campaign for the team,” Kohli said after beating Punjab Kings on Monday evening.
“Now we have two more opportunities to finish in the top two and that gives them added motivation to play even more fearlessly,” he added.
RCB are third on the IPL table, with 16 points from 12 games, and have two games remaining – against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals.