Virat Kohli scored his fifth half-century of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season but his innings went in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were comprehensively beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday. In RCB’s chase of 201 against KKR, Kohli scored a 37-ball 54 but got no help from any other batsman except Mahipal Lomror, who played a brilliant 18-ball 34. However, during his knock in Bengaluru, the 34-year-old achieved another feat.
Kohli is now the first batsman to score 3,000 or more runs at a venue in T20Is. So far, he has scored 3,015 runs in 92 innings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
He is followed in the list by former Bangladesh captains Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. While Rahim has scored 2,989 runs in 121 innings at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Mahmudullah has scored 2,813 runs in 130 innings at the same venue.
England’s Alex Hales is fourth on the list, having scored 2,749 runs in 90 T20 innings at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Another former Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal is in the top five with 2,706 runs in Mirpur.
After RCB’s defeat to KKR, Kohli criticized his side’s performance saying they “deserved to lose”.
To be honest, we handed the game to them. We deserved to lose. We definitely weren’t up to the standard. If you look at the game, we didn’t capitalize on our chances. We missed a few chances which cost us Had to pay.” 25-30 runs,” he said.
Kohli, who led Bangalore for the third straight game with regular skipper Faf du Plessis playing as an Impact sub due to a rib injury, attempted to chase down the target in his 37-ball innings Was.
Bangalore’s batting faltered after the in-form du Plessis fell for 17 after two sixes and Australian big-hitter Glenn Maxwell was dismissed for five.
In the end, RCB were restricted to 179/8 in 20 overs.