IPL 2021: ‘Virat Kohli has set the bar for others with his 6000-runs landmark,’ says Sunil Gavaskar

It stands right at the top, for the simple reason that when you’re the first to get to a particular landmark, you’re setting the bar for others: Gavaskar

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Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli became the first batsman in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to complete 6000 runs. Kohli completed this milestone during RCB’s clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) where he played an outstanding knock of 72* runs off just 47 deliveries. 

Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar leapt praises for the 32-year old. Gavaskar mentioned that Virat Kohli has set the bat for other batsmen while becoming the first players to accomplish this landmark. He added that Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma have also gone past the 5000-runs mark and they’ll now look to break Kohli’s record.

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“It stands right at the top, for the simple reason that when you’re the first to get to a particular landmark, you’re setting the bar for others. And now the others will want to get to 6000, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina, who have gone past 5000. They will be looking to get to 6000 because that is what the No. 1 player does,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

‘It was amazing to see him get there’: Gavaskar 

Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli
Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli clinched the game for RCB against the Royals in match 16 of IPL 2021

The former cricketer was delighted to watch Virat Kohli bat during the match against RR. He said that the RCB captain batted fluently alongside Devdutt Padikkal who smashed an astonishing century.

“To see the way he got to it was also amazing. He didn’t scratch about; he was hitting the ball fluently. Yes, he took a backseat as he himself said because Devdutt Padikkal was batting so well at the other end.

“And that’s what opening partnerships are all about. Therefore, this feat, as far as the IPL is concerned, I think every time you get to a particular landmark, the first is right at the top,” Sunil Gavaskar added.

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