Bengaluru: Virat Kohli does not know how to stop. How else can one describe his stellar form in the 2016 Indian Premier League, as he slammed his fourth century against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.
This ton was all the more special as Kohli battled nine stitches, according to RCB official site, in his split webbing in the must-win game for Bangalore. Courtesy his 50-ball 113 (12x4s, 8x6s), RCB defeated KXIP by 82 runs (D/L method) to move to second spot in points table with 14 points from 13 games.
He suffered the injury in his left hand while fielding against Kolkata Knight Riders as he went for a diving catch, in an earlier match. He left the field briefly to get medical assistance, got his webbing taped and was back in field. He then played another classy knock to keep RCB’s play-off qualification hopes alive.
“I might need seven to eight stitches. But I don’t mind 10 stitches on my hand if we win the next two matches,” he had said. Against KXIP, He reached the century-mark in just 46 balls. He finally ended on 113. His innings included 12 fours and eight sixes.
With this century he also became the first batman to score more than 4,000 runs in IPL. He was the fourth highest run-getter in IPL before the start of this season.
In the match against KKR, he had surpassed Chris Gayle’s record of scoring the most runs one edition of the IPL as he went past 733-run mark.
On Wednesday, he became the first batsman to score more than 800 runs in one edition of IPL. Currently, he has 865 runs with four tons and 24 half-centuries.