AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli combined to add 229 for the second wicket against a hapless Gujarat Lions (GL) bowling attack.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have featured in every edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) since the tournament’s inception in 2008. They have, however, never won the tournament to date, although they have come close on a few occasions. In fact, they have been runners-up three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2016. In the last two editions, they reached the playoffs but failed to go beyond it. With Virat Kohli having resigned as captain, RCB will have a never skipper in Faf du Plessis for this season. Despite having never won the IPL, RCB have notched up some impressive records in the T20 league. Take a look.

1 Highest Team Total 

The highest team in the IPL is in the name of RCB. They put up a mammoth 263 for 5 against Pune Warriors in the 2013 edition. Pune captain Aaron Finch won the toss in the match and invited RCB to bat. They had to rue the decision severely. Chris Gayle blasted an unbeaten 175 while AB de Villiers contributed 31 off 8 balls as RCB went completely berserk. Mitchell Marsh was taken for 56 runs in his three overs, while Ali Murtaza went for 45 in his two. When Pune came out to chase, they crumbled under pressure and were held to 133 for 9.

2. Highest Individual IPL score 

Gayle’s 175 not out in the above match is the highest individual score in the history of the IPL. The West Indian went past Brendon McCullum’s 158 not out (KKR) registered in the very first match of the IPL. During his blazing knock, which came off only 66 balls, Gayle struck 17 sixes and as many as 13 fours, scoring his runs at a strike rate of 265.15. He opened the innings and occupied the crease for 102 minutes even as RCB lost five wickets. It is difficult to see anyone breaking this incredible record.

3. Lowest team total 

It is an irony of sorts. RCB hold the record for the highest team and individual score in the IPL. They also have registered the lowest IPL total in history so far. KKR bowled out RCB for merely 49 in an IPL 2017 encounter in Kolkata. KKR batted first and put up 131. In response, RCB were rolled over for 49 in 9.4 overs. Not a single RCB batter got into double figures. For KKR, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme all claimed three scalps each as RCB hit an ultimate low.

4. Most runs in an IPL season

Former RCB skipper Virat Kohli holds the record for having scored the most number of runs in an IPL season. The right-handed batter had an unbelievable 2016 season. Opening the batting, he amassed 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08 and a stunning strike rate of 152.03. Kohli was at the absolute peak of his batting powers, notching up as many as four hundreds and seven fifties. During that season, RCB reached the final but could not lift the trophy as they went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). 

5. Highest partnership in the IPL

RCB also hold the record for the highest partnership in the IPL. It came during the IPL 2016 season when AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli combined to add 229 for the second wicket against a hapless Gujarat Lions (GL) bowling attack. There was some incredible big-hitting from the duo. Kohli was dismissed for 109 off 55 balls, slamming five fours and eight sixes. De Villiers did even better. He thumped 12 sixes and 10 fours in an unbeaten 129 off 52 balls. The duo’s exceptional partnership ensured RCB finished their innings on 248 for 3. In response, Gujarat were cleaned up for 104 as Bangalore registered victory by 144 runs.

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