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first_imgVirat Kohli overtook Suresh Raina to become the highest run scorer in the history of the Indian Premier League.Kohli has played with Royal Challengers Bangalore since the inception of the league back in 2008. He was appointed captain in 2013 and has been the mainstay of a star-studded batting line-up.Kohli needed 32 to get past Raina’s 4558 runs before the start of RCB’s chase of 214 vs Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.Raina, up until now, has 4558 runs from 163 matches at an average of 33.76. Kohli went past the Chennai Super Kings star in his 153rd match at a better average (over 37). While Raina has one hundred and 31 half-centuries under his belt, Kohli has four hundreds and 31 fifties.In 10 editions before this, Kohli crossed the 500-run mark in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016.Also read – Go RCB Go! Anushka Sharma cheers for Virat Kohli and his boys from vanity vanThe RCB skipper opened the innings along with Quinton de Kock and started aggressively in pursuit of the stiff target.On Sunday, against Rajasthan Royals, Kohli roared back to form with a 26-ball half-century, his fastest in T20 cricket. That was Kohli’s 31st half-century in the Indian Premier League.Kohli, who had been rested from the Nidahas Trophy after the tour of South Africa, where had scored 871 runs across formats, looked scratchy against Kolkata Knight Riders during his innings of 31. Against Kings XI Punjab, Kohli had looked in better touch in the course of a 21 but his innings was cut short by Mujeeb ur Rahman.advertisementKohli had been in sensational form in 2016, smashing 973 including four hundreds and seven half-centuries from 16 matches. Next year, nursing a shoulder injury, Kohli did not play the first four matches. He returned to score 308 runs from 10 matches but it was not enough to revive a poor season for the Royal Challengers.It was different leading up to the IPL this time. Kohli was in sensational form in South Africa – he was the highest run-scorer in the Test series and then smashed a few records in the ODIs. In six matches, he hammered 558 runs and four centuries to lead India to a historic series triumph. He played two T20Is in the three-match series next but opted out as India sent a relatively inexperienced team to Sri Lanka for the Nidahas Trophy.last_img read more