Aakash Chopra
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Two of the finest batsmen in the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli and David Warner are all set to extend their terrific set of records in the upcoming 2021 edition, starting April 9. If Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the history of the competition, Warner too isn’t far behind. He is the third-highest run-getter and has the most among foreign recruits. Warner has played 50 matches fewer than Kohli and boasts of a better average. Warner also hasn’t featured in two seasons (2008 and 2018). However, he still has managed to win the most number of Orange Caps.

Kohli, who is set to lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will be aiming to better the playoffs qualification of last season. RCB were eliminated by Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL Eliminator last season. However, SRH lost against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2. Both Kohli and Warner have dominated the proceedings in the IPL and have led their sides from the front. There is nothing much to separate the two when it comes to them performing so flawlessly with the bat.

However, Warner has the edge over Kohli. Let’s find out how.

Top of their game

Having batted in 184 innings. Kohli has scored 5,878 runs in the IPL at an average of 38.16. He has smashed five hundreds and 39 fifties with a best of 113. He has 503 fours and 201 sixes. The 32-year-old has a strike rate of 130.73. Meanwhile, in 142 innings, Warner has scored 5,254 runs at 42.71. He has the best batting average among the top 10 run-scorers in the tournament. Warner has four tons and 48 fifties. He has 510 fours and 195 sixes under his belt. He has a strike rate of 141.54 and the best score of 126.

Leading by example

Kohli led RCB in 2011 but was made permanent skipper in 2013. Since then he has led the side in 125 matches, winning 55 and losing 63. Three matches were tied, whereas, four didn’t have any result. Since becoming permanent skipper, Kohli has scored freely and his tally reads: 634, 359, 505, 973, 308, 530, 464, and 466. On six occasions he has scored in excess of 450 runs in a season. Meanwhile, Warner was handed SRH captaincy in 2015 after joining the side in 2014. He has captained SRH in 61 games (W34 L26 Tied1). Since 2015, his tally reads: 562, 848, 641, 692, and 548. However, he missed the 2018 season and didn’t lead the side in 2019. In his debut season for SRH, he smashed 528 runs.

Records on offer in 2021

Warner is looking to become the first SRH player with 4,000-plus runs in the IPL. He is set to make 100 appearances for SRH. Warner is also in the fray to become the first to smash 50 IPL fifties. Kohli is aiming to become the first player in IPL to hit 6,000 runs. He can get past Gautam Gambhir in terms of matches as captain.

Feats achieved by the duo

Kohli has won one Orange Cap in 2016, scoring 973 runs. His tally is still the highest in a single season. Warner has won the Orange Cap thrice. The year Kohli hammered 973 runs, Warner smashed 848 runs as well. They are the only two players with 800-plus runs in a single edition. Kohli has clinched 76 catches, whereas Warner has 66 playing fewer games. Kohli’s 229-run stand alongside AB de Villiers in 2016 remains the highest partnership in the IPL.

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