Virat ‘The Run Machine’ Kohli had ruled all IPL seasons as far as the concern of runs; he had played 207 matches in which he scored 6283 runs with a fabulous average of 37.4. But initially, in the few seasons, he had played with a par strike rate which allowed few cricket experts to call him ‘A Non T20 Batsman’, but as he gained the experience & tremendous experience, he adapted himself into a well-equipped T20 player with a bit of orthodox technique. The year 2016 was the most noteworthy year for Kohli in all IPL editions he appeared till the time.
He took his team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final of IPL 2016 but unfortunately lost it with the hands of David Warner and his flamboyant team, SRH. However, Virat scored 4 magnificent centuries that are above standards in quality and class.
Since 2008, Virat has played many top-notch innings for RCB, but here are his top 5 knocks, which are absolutely extravagant in the worth.
#1 113(50) – RCB vs KXIP in 2016
Meeting in their first appearance of IPL 2016, Kings XI Punjab had seen havoc produced by a prolific ton of Virat Kohli. He took on every bowler of Kings XI Punjab in that game and scored a brilliant 113 in just 50 deliveries with a dismantling strike rate of 215. David Miller, leading Kings, had won the toss & opted to bowl first where Virat & Chris Gayle had destructed their intentions as they posted 80+ runs in the first 6 overs of the powerplay and comfortably set the stage for a mega mountain of runs.
#2 109(55) – RCB vs GL in 2016
Meeting in the second encounter of the season, Suresh Raina had invited Kohli & company to bat on a flat track of M Chidambaram stadium. The two reliables of RCB ‘Ab de Villiers & Virat Kohli’ had rocked back Gujarat lions with their dual tons (Check RCB’s dominance in the IPL Centuries list here). In the response, the mediocre batting line-up of Gujarat had rattled on a no more score of 108. Virat had scored the 2nd century of the season and led his team to the top of the table.
#3 108*(58) – RCB vs RPSG in 2016
In 2016, Virat Kohli’s IPL century No. 1 had come against the then alternative team of CSK, Rising Pune Supergiants which MS Dhoni-led. RCB had set the massive target of 193, and Virat had made 108* in 58 deliveries, including 8 fours and 7 sixes. And at the end, RPS batters had failed the game by just 2 runs remaining to score. Along with Virat, Kl Rahul & Shane Watson dealt in an assisting role and helped Virat get to the ton comfortably.
#4 100(58) – RCB vs KKR in 2019
The new KKR stepping into the leadership of Dinesh Karthik had faced Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team of stalwarts led by king Kohli. The KKR bowlers, especially the spin(Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla & Harry Garney), were sloppy and conceded free-flowing runs. The wrong line & lengths before the retributory Virat Kohli are worst-case scenarios for any bowler. He scored splendidly with an exact number of 100 in just 58 deliveries, which had stolen the party of KKR, who fought bravely during the chase and didn’t allow RCB to get comfy on the field till the last ball of the encounter.
#5 100*(63) – RCB vs GL in 2016
Virat Kohli’s fourth century of 2016 came again versus Gujarat Lions. It was looking like Suresh Raina’s Gujarat was the top pick of Virat Kohli for smashing centuries, particularly in the IPL season of 2016. He scored two centuries in two games against them, again a milestone record of Kohli in IPL. However, GL had the weakest bowling attack in the entire roster of 8 teams, and as a repercussion, they had conceded the maximum runs against all teams.
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