Virat Kohli Smashes First IPL 2024 Century, Sends Statement for T20 World Cup

    IPL 2024, RR vs. RCB: Virat Kohli IPL century, made history by becoming the first player to reach 100 wickets in a game by showcasing his ability to read the game and adjust his play in Jaipur. It was Kohli’s ninth three-figure score in T20 cricket and his eighth hundred in the IPL.

    Key Highlights

    • RR vs. RCB saw Virat Kohli score 113 not out of 72 balls.
    • It was Kohli’s eighth IPL century and his ninth T20 century.
    • Additionally, it marked Kohli’s first consecutive season of hundreds in the IPL.

    On Saturday, April 6, Virat Kohli, the previous captain of the Royal Challenge Bangalore, delighted the crowd at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur with a well-paced knock against RR to become the first century of the IPL 2024 season. As he expertly read the circumstances, Kohli reached the three-figure mark in just 67 balls, giving RCB a respectable total against the 2008 champions. Virat Kohli’s eighth IPL century was a record-breaking one.

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    It was the first time in IPL history that Virat Kohli struck a hundred in back-to-back seasons. In a season that broke records in 2016, Kohli scored four hundreds, one in 2019 and two in 2023. With three fifty-plus scores in five innings so far in the IPL 2024 season, including a century, Kohli has made a grand entrance and is letting his bat do the talking ahead of the T20 World Cup.

    Additionally, Virat Kohli became the first centurion of an IPL season for the first time with this. In order to assist RCB reach 183, Kohli persisted and finished undefeated at 113 not out in 72 balls. In Jaipur on Saturday, Kohli scored nearly 60% of RCB’s total with four sixes and twelve boundaries.

    It was noteworthy that it was also the slowest IPL hundred on Indian territory and the IPL’s joint slowest three-figure performance.

    RR Vs RCB

    Virat Kohli IPL Century

    Kohli had a career best score of just 39 at Jaipur prior to Saturday, but he transformed Sawai Mansingh Stadium into his own with a masterpiece in T20 innings construction. Trent Boult, a left-arm bowler, and Yuzvendra Chahal, a former RCB teammate, were defeated by Kohli. In the last over of the leg-spinner, Kohli struck a massive six and grinned, signaling to the bowler that he had won their little duel.

    Most Hundreds In IPL

    • Virat Kohli – 8 in 242 matches
    • Chris Gayle – 7 in 142 matches
    • Jos Buttler – 5 in 100 matches

    In the IPL 2024, Virat Kohli has amassed about 40% of RCB’s run total. Even though players like Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis haven’t been able to score runs yet, the former captain has been putting in a lot of effort for the club.

    In the run-up to the IPL 2024 season, questions arose about Kohli’s potential inclusion in the T20 World Cup team. Nevertheless, he silenced his doubters with his eighth IPL century. Furthermore, Kohli rebuked his detractors, asserting that his name was being exploited for publicity and reaffirming his ability to excel in T-20 cricket.

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    After missing all of 2023’s T20I cricket matches, Kohli rejoined the Indian team in January for a three-match T20I series against Afghanistan. Notably, at the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022, Kohli led India in runs scored.

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