In a single IPL season during his match-winning knock of 75 not out off 51 balls in the 48th match of IPL 2016 against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, Virat Kohli has broken the highest run record which was earlier acquired by Chris Gayle.
The match proved to be interesting when Kohli saved himself when he was dropped on 32 by KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir at backward point off Shakib Al Hasan in the 11th over.
Gayle's 733 runs in 14 innings recorded in 2012 edition which Chennai Super Kings' Michael Hussey made the following year. However, the Australian took three more innings to match the unbeaten goal. Kohli improved the record in his 12th innings this season. His run of scores in the tournament read: 75, 79, 33, 80, 100*, 14, 52, 108*, 20, 7 and 109 and 75*. Overall run record of Virat Kohli reached at 752 runs after 12 matches.
Kohli has been setting a landmark in this IPL as according to the past records, he had broken Robin Uthappa's record for most runs by an Indian batsman in a single season, striking an excellent 109 off 55 balls against Gujarat Lions in his previous match. The player has not only beaten the records but also single handedly become the first batsman to hit three centuries in a single IPL.
Kohli went past Uthappa's tally of 660, which was acquired in 2014 by the Kolkata Knight Riders' wicketkeeper-batsman.
And also he became the first skipper to score more than 500 runs in IPL in three different seasons and still going on, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar's record, who had achieved this achievement twice as captain of Mumbai Indians. Sachin had secured 618 runs in the 2010 edition and 553 runs in the 2011 edition of the IPL.
The passion of cricket which once were seen and enjoyed when ever Sachin Tendulkar used to play, the same era has been repeated but now the name has been replaced to Virat Kohli beating all the records and leading as one and only for the country.
According to the scorecard, Kohli entered the ninth season of the IPL with 625 runs for India in Twenty20 internationals this year - including seven half-centuries – which is remarkable to see the undefeatable numbers in this season. During his 52 against KKR on May 2, he then crossed Suresh Raina's tally of 1042 runs in 2010, which the previous record for most runs by an Indian batsman in T20 cricket in a year. He now has reached to one of the top record of 1377 runs.
The overall leader for most runs in all T20 cricket in a year remains Gayle, who scored 1665 at an average of 59.46 in 36 matches in 2015. The Big hitters West Indian occupies the second, third and fifth spots in the top ten list, scoring 1532 in 2012, 1497 in 2011 but and 1344 in 2013. Former Australia batsman David Hussey is next with 1275 in 49 matches in 2010, followed by Ryan ten Doeschate (1248 in 2013), Lendl Simmons (1209 in 2014), Dwayne Smith (1203 in 2014) and David Warner (1181 in 2011) and now comes the Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli with 1377 runs.