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Virat Kohli breaks Gayle's record of most runs in a single IPL edition

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 May 2016, 1:26 IST

After achieving some personal feats in the recent games, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli notched up yet another milestone during his side's convincing nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens on 16 May.

The explosive batsman smashed an unbeaten 75 and in the process, became the highest run-scorer in a single edition of the tournament. After reaching his 24th fifty, the right-handed batsman was batting on 57 when he tapped Shakib Al Hasan towards cover region for a single and created a new record.

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Kohli broke the record of Chris Gayle and Michael Hussey who had scored 733 runs in a single edition of the IPL. Gayle achieved the feat in the 2012 edition while playing for the RCB, while Hussey matched the Jamaican marauder in 2013 for Chennai Super Kings.

The 27-year-old, who is currently the leading run-scorer with 752 runs this season, also became the first-ever Indian batsman to amass over 700 runs in a single edition of the IPL. Robin Uthappa's 660 runs in the 2014 edition for Kolkata Knight Riders was the previous best.

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During the game against Gujarat Lions on 14 May, Kohli (109) notched up his third century in the IPL this season - most by a batsman in a single edition of the tournament.

His partnership of 229 runs for the second wicket with AB de Villiers against Gujarat is also the highest in the history of T20 cricket.

First published: 17 May 2016, 1:26 IST
 
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