Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli became the first batsman to reach 9000 runs milestone in the T20 cricket. It was against the Delhi Capitals when king Kohli reached the landmark by scoring 10th run of the match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were chasing a stuff target of 197 runs and were already struggling on 43/3 in overs. Skipper Virat Kohli came in to bat and a few minutes later, the completed his 9000 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.
Virat Kohli took 286 innings to achieve the milestone as he also became the first Indian batsman and seventh overall to have 9000 runs in the format.
Having found his form in the last game, the 31-year-old had to meticulous task of leading the chase, however he was bowled by Kagiso Rabada in the 13th over.
RCB lost the match by 59 runs in the end but remained at the third place in the points table. The match may not have been merry for the skipper but he reached his personal accolade.
Batsmen with 9000 runs in T20 cricket are as follows:
- Chris Gayle (West Indies – 13296 runs),
- Kieron Pollard (WI – 10370),
- Shoaib Malik (Pakistan – 9926),
- Brendon McCullum (New Zealand – 9922),
- David Warner (Australia – 9451 runs)
- Aaron Finch (AU – 9148 runs)
- Virat Kohli (India- 9033 runs)
Kohli has a strike rate of 134.25 and maintains an average of 41.05 in the T20 cricket. He also has five centuries and 65 half-centuries on his name in the shortest format of the game.