Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bengaluru batter, on Saturday became the first batter in IPL history to touch 7500-run tally in the 17-year history of the tournament. Kohli achieved the feat during the match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. The next best tally in IPL belongs to Shikhar Dhawan – 6755 – over 740 runs less than Kohli.

Virat Kohli will have the opportunity to become the first player to score 8000+ runs for a single team in the T20 format. To achieve the landmark, the former RCB skipper needs to score 110 runs against the Rajasthan-based franchise on Saturday.

Before Saturday, the 35-year-old has played 256 matches and 247 innings for RCB, where he scored 7890 runs at a strike rate of 131.23. He has 7 centuries and 54 fifties for the Bengaluru-based franchise. In the ongoing season of the IPL 2024, Kohli is the highest run-getter of the tournament.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Sanju Samson won the toss and opted to bowl against Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match here at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.

RR heads into the game on the back of a victory against Mumbai Indians (MI) while RCB suffered a defeat to Lucknow Super Giants in its previous match.

With one victory in four matches, RCB are currently in the 8th position in the 10-team table which fairly indicates their troubles while Rajasthan’s all-win record so far placed them on the second spot with six points.

Speaking at the toss, Sanju Samson said, “We would like to bowl first on this wicket. Something to do with the opposition, it’s a fresh wicket, expecting some help for the seamers and expecting some dew as well. It’s a long season, people are taking responsibility and finishing games. We are going in with the same team.”

Faf du Plessis said, “We were thinking of the same, it looks a good wicket, think it will remain the same in both the innings. We have one change in our batting line-up. For me, it’s just a case of trusting our guys. We have been inconsistent, we get an opportunity to do things better. We are trying to find the roles for the players, we are looking for that. That hasn’t worked as yet. We haven’t delivered. Not many people know him, he has a serious amount of skill and batting power, and looks like a nice and calm guy.”

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nandre Burger and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (Playing XI): Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik(w), Saurav Chauhan, Reece Topley, Mayank Dagar, Mohammed Siraj and Yash Dayal.

With ANI inputs

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