Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batting stalwart Virat Kohli scripted history on 21 May 2023, as he became only the third batter in the history of the Indian Premier League to hit two consecutive hundreds. Kohli scored an unbeaten 101 off 61 balls to etch his name in the history books. However, he was soon overshadowed by Shubman Gill who is in sublime form in IPL 2023. Gill hit two consecutive centuries against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalores to get his name etched in the history books. Gill became the fourth batter to achieve this feat.
Before Kohli and Gill, Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan was the first batter to achieve this feat in 2021 when he hit centuries against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Punjab Kings (PBKS). Rajasthan Royals (RR) Jos Buttler then got his name added to the list when he scored centuries against Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2022.
Now, Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill have achieved this feat in the same edition of the tournament. While Kohli managed only two centuries, Gill took it a notch ahead and scored his third century as well. The swashbuckling batter hit his third IPL century (129 off 60) against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 Qualifier 2. With this, Gill also became the latest addition to the list of batters with multiple hundreds in a single edition.
A total of seven batters have scored multiple 100s in an IPL season. These are the recent 5 (in chronological order).
Delhi Capitals batsman Shikhar Dhawanstruggled to come good in his side’s match against Mumbai Indians as he could only muster 69 runs off 52 deliveries. In the next game against Rajasthan Royals, the left-handed struck a whirlwind 57 off 33 balls. It was evident that he was disappointed with his performance against MI. It was clear that Dhawan was looking for a big inning.
And it came in the next match against Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 180 to win, Dhawan struck an unbeaten century to lead his side to victory. In the very next game against Kings XI Punjab, Dhawan was at it again as he was the lone shining spark in a below-par batting display by his side. DC went on to lose the match but Shikhar Dhawan had created history by becoming the first player in IPL history to score two hundred in succession.
KL Rahul- 2 centuries in 2022
Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) captain KL Rahul led his team from the front in IPL 2022 as the opening batter amassed a massive 616 runs in 16 matches that season. Also, KL Rahul got his name registered in the record books as the LSG opener scored two centuries in that season. Rahul’s first as well as second hundred of the season came against Mumbai Indians. While Rahul blasted a 60-ball 103* for his first ton, the LSG captain got 103* off 62 balls for his second century.
Jos Buttler – 4 centuries in 2022
Jos Buttler was in terrific form in 2022 amassing over 800 runs. His sensational form drew a comparison with Virat Kohli of 2016 and he was on the cusp of breaking Kohli’s record for the highest number of runs in a season. Jos Buttler scored more centuries in the season and led his team to the final of the IPL 2022 losing narrowly to Gujarat Titans.
Virat Kohli- 2 Centuries in IPL 2023
After a horrible outing in IPL 2022, Virat Kohli made a befitting comeback in IPL 2023. The batter amassed 639 runs in 14 league matches at an average of 53.25 and at a strike rate of 139.82. He scored six half-centuries and two centuries in these sixteen games. The two tons came in two must-win matches for RCB. As the Faf du Plessis-led team aimed a playoff spot, Kohli played two fine innings to keep his team alive in the contest.
Shubman Gill- 3 Centuries in IPL 2023
It seems Indian cricket has found its next biggest superstar in Shubman Gill. The Punjab-born batter is destined to achieve greatness and he is showing all the signs with his batting. While Gill did not have good outings in the first few editions of the tournament, the 23-year-old completely dominated the bowlers in IPL 2023. Not only did score runs but he put on a show. While Gill took 87 innings to score his maiden IPL ton, he took three more innings to score another two centuries. Gill now has three IPL tons in 90 matches and all of them came in a single edition.
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