The genius of an international cricketer is defined by whether he/she makes batting, bowling or fielding “look” easy from the outside. Of course, your ability to win matches for your country and consistency in your performances also matter. But the one attribute that separates the great players from good players is the inherent ability to keep everything simple and hold their own in pressure cooker situations.
Virat Kohli has all three attributes aforementioned, in abundance, which is why he is arguably the greatest batsman in world cricket today. To further reinforce his credentials, Kohli has scored centuries across all formats, in all conditions (even in England), and against all kinds of bowling attacks, too.
His ability to keep churning out runs in every format and every competition including the Indian Premier League (IPL), is the standout aspect. For instance, Steve Smith, a contemporary of Kohli, has a great Test and ODI record, but he doesn’t have a great T20 batting record, averaging just 21.55 after 30 matches and 25 innings, at the time of writing.
Talking about contemporaries, Kane Williamson (average of 36.29) and Joe Root (40.33) boast good individual T20 batting records, but they are nowhere near the Indian batting maestro, who has more than 2000 international T20 runs.
Virat Kohli centuries in international cricket
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has struck four centuries, all of which came in IPL 2016. Therefore, the number of total centuries of Virat Kohli currently stands at 58.
List of Kohli’s centuries in IPL
Three of the following centuries came in winning causes!
|Kohli’s IPL centuries||Opposition||Venue|
|100* (63); 11×4 and 1×6||Gujarat Lions||Rajkot|
|108* (58); 8×4 and 7×6||Rising Pune Supergiant||Bangalore|
|109 (55); 5×4 and 8×6||Gujarat Lions||Bangalore|
|113 (50); 12X4 and 8×6||Kings XI Punjab||Bangalore|
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