Hyderabad (Telangana): Royal Challengers Bangalore star batter and ‘Chasemaster’ Virat Kohli ended a four-year-long wait for an Indian Premier League ton, smashing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowlers all around the ground to score his sixth century of the tournament on Thursday.
This was Kohli’s first ton in the ongoing IPL 2023; he equalled former teammate Chris Gayle (6) for most centuries scores in league history. The star batter slammed his first IPL ton since April 2019. Notably, Kohli now has the joint-most centuries in the history of the league with Chris Gayle (6).
The RCB opener had been in good form but criticised for his slow starts; but, on Thursday night, he proved his doubters wrong, reaching his century in 62 deliveries. Although Kohli has been in superb form in the IPL 2023, his strike rate in the middle overs has come under scrutiny.
Kohli enjoyed his rich form in the match during the middle overs in addition to dominating the powerplay. He hit his century off 62 balls in the 18th over.
Kohli was eventually dismissed on 100, leaving the pitch directly after reaching the milestone; Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the RCB star’s wicket in the 18th over.