IPL 2024: Virat Kohli Becomes First Indian to Shatter T20 Batting Record

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Virat Kohli, the standout batsman for the Royal Challengers Bengaluru, has become the first Indian player to score 12,000 runs in the game’s shortest format. During Friday, March 22,’s inaugural IPL 2024 match between RCB and the reigning champion Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk Stadium, Kohli achieved the milestone of 12,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.

In T20Is and the IPL, Kohli holds the record for most runs scored ever. In the sixth over, he reached the milestone by grabbing a fast single off Ravindra Jadeja.

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While Kohli became the first Indian to achieve the feat, five other batters have reached the milestone prior to him. The only players with greater T20 run totals than Kohli are Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Alex Hales, and David Warner.

India captain Rohit Sharma is closing in on the 12,000-run mark in T20s and could become the second Indian to get to the landmark. He had scored 11,156 runs in 426 T20s and will be aiming to breach the milestone this year.

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Chris Gayle (WI): 14,562 runs in 463 matches

Shoaib Malik (PAK): 13,360 runs in 542 matches

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Kieron Pollard (WI): 12,900 runs in 660 matches

Alex Hales (ENG): 12,319 runs in 449 matches

David Warner (AUS): 12,065 runs in 370 matches

Virat Kohli (IND): 12,000* runs in 377 matches

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