New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli became the first player to score 5500 runs in the Indian Premier League while on his way to score half-century during match against Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.

Kohli’s unbeaten 72 off 53 balls guided his team to a comfortable eight wicket win against Rajasthan. He hit seven fours and two sixes in his innings.

With 5502 runs in 181 matches at an average at an average of 37.68 Kohli is the highest run scorer  in the Indian Premier League. The RCB captain has scored five centuries in the IPL -- one less than Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle -- and hit 192 sixes.Kohli is followed by Suresh Raina with 5368 runs in 193 matches at an average of over 33. Earlier this week, Mumbai Indians skipper Suresh Raina had become the third player to score 5000 runs in the IPL.

Kohli's brilliant fifty helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets. He was assisted by youngster Devdutt Padikkal who continued his good form and hit a fiery 63 off 45 balls. With this win, RCB has climbed to the top of the points table of the IPL 2020.

After the match Kohli praised Padikkal and said he has got some "serious talent because he's got reach, a great eye, a great balance and it's very difficult for the bowlers to continue bowling same lines and lengths against a leftie".

"The way he bats ... very clean shots. You don't feel like he is taking risks. I just kept talking to him about building an innings. If he can bat longer for the team, it's gonna benefit us. Today he carried from 40 to 65 odd which helped the team eventually. He's a smart guy, he understands the game well and he responds to the feedback very well. The more he keeps learning, the better it is for RCB," he said.

Posted By: Lakshay Raja