Royal Challengers Bangalore and Team India skipper, Virat Kohli, has shown the cricket world what a dream season looks like and why he is the modern day great. Before the 9th edition of the IPL, the RCB skipper did not have a single IPL ton on his name. But soon rocketed to second in the tally of “most number of IPL centuries”. Virat Kohli dominated the IPL 2016 season. The cricket erudite smashed 973 runs in a mere 16 matches at an average of 81.08 including 4 centuries. His 973 runs included 38 gigantic sixes, the most in the season. In this article we revive those golden Virat Kohli centuries from IPL 2016.
Opening the RCB innings alongside the Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson, Kohli registered his maiden IPL ton against the Gujarat Lions. Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Kohli smashed the GL bowlers all over the ground while hitting 11 boundaries and a six. Kohli aided the RCB side to reach a respectable total of 180. Unfortunately, Gujarat chased down the target successfully. Kohli’s maiden IPL ton did end in vain but this was just the spark of what was to follow in the near future. At that time, Kohli’s 100(63) was the fourth slowest century from the 37 IPL centuries. Kohli was awarded with the “Man of the Match” award for his maiden IPL century. This would be the first of the many Virat Kohli centuries in the season.
RCB won the toss and brought the opposition to bat first. RPS posted a huge total of a 191 on the board with the assistance from half centuries of Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary. Coming to chase a challenging 192, the RCB skipper continued to display his fine form as he kept on fetching boundaries. Kohli smashed a brilliant 108 from 58 deliveries including 8 boundaries and 7 huge sixes. His 108 against the RPS was his second IPL ton and the first in the winning cause. This was another one of the classic Virat Kohli centuries and it propelled RCB to a comfortable win.
It was once again that the Gujarat Lions were at the receiving end as Virat Kohli notched his 3rd century of the season. Gujarat Lions won the toss and committed the crime of allowing RCB to bat first. Despite losing Chris Gayle early, the Chinnaswamy stadium was lit up with centuries from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. This was Kohli’s second IPL century against Gujarat Lions in consecutive matches. Kohli bettered his high score as he smashed a scintillating 109 from 55 deliveries, a knock comprising of 5 fours and 8 sixes. There is something about Virat Kohli centuries and Gujarat Lions.
With the spot in the playoffs at stake, it was a must win game for RCB. However persistent rains almost shattered the hopes of the RCB fans before the innings was minced to 15 overs a side due to a delay of 2 hours. The RCB skipper bestowed the crowd with one of his finest innings ever as he slammed his 4th IPL ton. The absence of those 5 overs was no hindrance for Kohli to put up another ton.Despite suffering through a split webbing, Kohli played with 7 stitches only to make his innings as simple as it looks. The innings was flourished with 12 fours and 8 massive sixes. Kohli led RCB to a comfortable victory after posting 211 in 15 overs.