Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has lit the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli scored his fourth century of this edition, an unthinkable feat considering the match was reduced to 15 overs-a-side. His 865 runs in 13 matches include four centuries and five fifties and have played a crucial role in RCB’s bid for a play-off berth. Here is a quick look:
Rohit, key for Mumbai
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has also led by example. The right-hand batsman has so far amassed 459 runs and is the team’s top-scorer. Other than his captaincy, his team has relied heavily on him to give them a good start. The 29-year-old has repaid the faith more than once in the competition.
Just behind Sharma in the tally of highest run-getters is Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir. The left-handed opener had a prolific start to the season. With five fifties, Gambhir has been leading the KKR batting. With Robin Uthappa partnering Gambhir, the Kolkata team also has the most fifty-run opening stand in the season. Gambhir’s 449 runs in the tournament, puts him in sixth spot on the top scorers’ list.
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner, the only overseas skipper in this year’s competition, has to his credit 567 runs, inferior only to Kohli and his RCB teammate AB de Villiers (597). With Shikhar Dhawan looking to find his feet, it was Warner’s batting that was instrumental in Sunrisers being in the top four of the IPL table, hoping to land a playoff spot when the league engagements end on Sunday.
Vijay, KXIP’s lone ranger
While Kings XI Punjab might not be in contention, their skipper Murali Vijay, who was given the responsibility from David Miller midway into the league, has not let captaincy affect his batting. Known more for his prowess in the longest format, Vijay has adapted well this season and scored 378 runs, most by any batsman in KXIP.
Raina, Zaheer come good
With their players performing, Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina and Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan did not quite feel the pressure to perform, something that most of their counterparts had to face. Both though did not slacken in their roles. Both have performed well as captains stepping up individually when the situation demanded. Raina may have only scored 286 runs, but these runs have come at crucial times. Zaheer too has contributed with nine wickets this campaign in ten matches so far.