Introduction of Virat Kohli becoming first Indian to score 12000 runs in T20

Virat Kohli has achieved the title of “king” Kohli for every right reason. He is the record-making machine for India. Whether it is for Team India or it is for the IPL franchise, he keeps making records back to back. In the opening match of the IPL 2024, he created a record. In the RCB vs CSK match, he scored 12,000 runs in the T20 format. With this, he became the 1st Indian to score 12,000 runs in T20 cricket matches. Additionally, he bagged the glory of becoming the second-fastest batter after Gayle to achieve this record. Let’s dive into the details of the record & the match. Follow to get all the updates on time.

In the opening match of the IPL 2024, Royal Challengers Bangalore played against Chennai Super Kings. Although Chennai Super Kings bagged the match, however, Kohli made his record. He touched this feat in the opening match of the IPL 2024 against Chennai Super Kings. The venue of the match was MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Kohli reached the milestone when he touched six runs during the season-opening contest.

This 35-year-old run machine of Team India is the 6th batsman of the World to touch this feat and the first Indian batter as well. 

Virat is the second one to have the glory:

Yes, Virat Kohli is in the second position on this list. Virat has touched this feat of 12,000 runs in his 360th T20 innings. However, he is holding the second position. West Indies batter Chris Gayle is holding the top position on this list. He touched this mark in only 343 innings. After this record, Kohli pushed David Warner down to three, the Australian having achieved the landmark in 368 innings.

So basically, right now the list is very simple-

Chris Gayle– 343 innings

Virat Kohli– 360 innings

David Warner– 368 innings

Virat was just 6 runs away from this feat. So, it was quite expected. Another Indian skipper is waiting in the queue to touch this feat and the skipper is Rohit Sharma. He has 11,156 T20 runs followed by Shikhar Dhawan is also on the list. He has 9645 runs in 329 matches.

About the record:

Kohli made this record in the 7th over of the match. Kohli started slowly and with skipper Faf du Plessis took the score to 41 before RCB lost their first wicket. Faf, who blasted eight boundaries in his 23-ball 35, was superbly taken by Rachin Ravindra off Mustafizur Rahman.

Kohli’s first attempt to hit a boundary was off his 14th ball, in the tenth over. He picked up a half-tracker from mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana and walloped a six over midwicket. But RCB lost Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell and Kohli got out in quick succession as RCB slumped to 77/4 in the 12th over.

Kohli’s T20 journey:

Kohli is successful in all the formats. However, he plays exceptionally in the T20 format. Kohli has hit eight centuries and 91 fifties so far in T20 cricket. Apart from that, Kohli was the quickest batter to reach the mark of 11,000 T20 runs. He bagged this record only by playing 353 matches. The 35-year-old has eight T20 hundred, the most among all Indians, with a career-best knock of 122 not out. Kohli holds several T20 records and is the leading run-getter in T20Is (4037) and T20 World Cups (1141).

He made his debut back in 2007. The date was 3rd April. He played his first T20 match for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh in the Inter-State Twenty-20 Tournament. He scored 35 in his debut match. However, later the name of this tournament was changed, and the new name is the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy.

Most runs in T20:

Chris Gayle – 14562 runs

Shoaib Malik – 13360 runs

Kieron Pollard – 12900

Alex Hales – 12319

David Warner – 12065

Virat Kohli – 12000*

Virat Kohli IPL statistics:

Total matches: 239 matches

Total innings:  230 innings

Total runs: 7,284 runs

Average:  37.24, with a strike rate of 130.02

Centuries: 7

50ties: 50

Total wickets: 4

RCB can be one of the most flop franchises of the IPL tournament, however, Kohli is not. Kohli has left some incredible footmarks on the history of IPL. He has played 239 matches so far. 2016 can be considered one of the most successful seasons for Virat. Back in 2026, he scored 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and this is his highest in a single season. He has also bagged the title of Man of the matches for 16 times in IPL.


However, this match is very special for Virat in another way as well. Virat has achieved another record in this match too. In this match, Kohli completed 1,000 runs against Chennai Super Kings.

The right-arm batter has scored 1,006 runs in 32 matches against CSK at an average of 37.25, with nine half-centuries in 31 innings. His best score is 90*.

Wish from the team:

RCB management is obviously very happy with this feat. They have wished Virat on X (formerly known as Twitter)

First Indian to reach the 12000 T20 runs milestone #PlayBold #ನಮ್ಮRCB #IPL2024 #CSKvRCB #ViratKohli

– Royal Challengers Bengaluru (@RCBTweets) March 22, 2024

Final words on Virat Kohli becoming first Indian to score 12000 runs in T20

All we can say is just congratulations, Virat. You are a “King” already, and we hope that you are going to achieve a lot more in the future. Follow to get all the updates on time.

Some common FAQs:

How many times did RCB win IPL?

RCB is still waiting to lift their maiden cup.

How many IPL matches did Kohli play till now?

Virat Kohli has played 237 matches and 229 innings. Among this, Kohli has scored 7263 runs at an average of 37.24, with a strike rate of 130.02

When did he play his last T20 match?

Kohli was last seen taking part in the 3rd T20I match between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru.

Who is the number 1 batter of IPL?

Well, it’s undoubtedly Virat. He has scored the most runs in IPL history. Back in 2016, he scored 973 runs in 16 matches. Kohli’s IPL record for the highest number of runs in a season is yet to be broken.