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Virat Kohli Breaks Record for Most IPL Centuries

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Virat Kohli Breaks Record for Most IPL Centuries

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In a high-stakes game for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Virat Kohli once again proved why he is considered one of the best in the business. The RCB captain played a sensational unbeaten knock of 101 runs off just 61 balls against the Gujarat Titans (GT) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, helping his team post a massive total of 197 on the scoreboard.

Kohli’s century not only propelled RCB to a commanding position in the match but also etched his name in the IPL record books. With this century, Kohli became the first player in the history of the IPL to score seven centuries, surpassing the previous record held by Chris Gayle. It is a remarkable feat that highlights Kohli’s consistency and class as a batsman.

Record Breakers

Moreover, Kohli’s century marked his second consecutive century in the IPL, making him only the third player in the tournament’s history to achieve this milestone. Shikhar Dhawan (in 2020) and Jos Buttler (in 2022) are the other two players who have achieved this rare feat. Kohli’s back-to-back centuries have been crucial in keeping RCB’s hopes alive in their quest for a playoff spot.

Chris Gayle, a former teammate of Kohli’s during their time at RCB, had set the previous record of six centuries in the IPL during the 2018 edition. Interestingly, Kohli’s last century in the tournament had come in 2019 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. He ended his century drought earlier this week with a brilliant knock against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Joining Kohli in the century-scoring spree is Shubman Gill, who recorded his second century in consecutive innings. This puts Gill at the top of the list alongside Kohli, with both players hitting two centuries in this edition. The abundance of centuries this season highlights the exceptional batting talent and skill on display.


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Kohli’s Performance

Despite adverse weather conditions and a delayed start due to rain in Bengaluru, Kohli remained undeterred. Alongside RCB captain Faf du Plessis, he cautiously approached the innings, gradually gaining momentum. In the fourth over, Kohli took on Yash Dayal and smashed three consecutive fours, setting the tone for the innings. The duo managed to accumulate 62 runs during the powerplay.

As wickets fell in quick succession, Kohli adjusted his strategy, focusing on rotating the strike and forming a crucial partnership with Michael Bracewell. Kohli reached his half-century in 35 deliveries before accelerating his scoring rate. However, Bracewell and Dinesh Karthik were dismissed in rapid succession.

Undeterred, Kohli continued his onslaught, bringing up his century in just 60 balls. In the final over of the innings, facing Mohit Sharma, he nudged the ball toward long-on for a single, securing his place in the record books.

Conclusion

Expressing his delight after achieving the record, Kohli emphasized that he believes he is playing his best T20 cricket and that he enjoys the format. He mentioned his focus on hitting gaps, finding boundaries, and playing big shots when the situation demands it.
The IPL 2023 season has set new benchmarks with its impressive display of batting prowess. The abundance of centuries not only showcases the exceptional talent of the players but also adds excitement and entertainment for fans and cricket enthusiasts.
Looking back at the history of the IPL, the IPL 2022 season held the previous record with 8 centuries. The IPL 2016 season and the initial seasons of 2007-08 and 2011 followed closely behind, with 7 and 6 centuries respectively.
As the IPL 2023 season progresses, fans eagerly anticipate more stunning performances and records being shattered. The season has certainly lived up to its expectations, providing thrilling cricketing action and creating new milestones in the history of the IPL.


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