IPL 2024: Virat Kohli surpasses Suresh Raina to script another record in T20 cricket

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New Delhi: Star India batter Virat Kohli is well known for his batting heroics across the globe and it’s his agility in the field as well that sets him apart from the rest. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), Kohli registered yet another record to his name in the Men’s T20 cricket, topping the list of Indian fielders with the most catches.

The list earlier saw former India allrounder Suresh Raina reigning at the top. Raina is well-known for his fielding heroics and has taken some of the brilliant catches in the game. His ability to move across the field quickly and take some of the seemingly impossible grabs are well registered in the historybooks. However, Kohli has toppled him to go two grabs up in the list. Raina had 172 to his name and Kohli got to 174 on Monday.

The list which includes the international T20s and the league T20 cricket sees India skipper Rohit Sharma sitting third with 167 grabs. Manish Pandey, another fielding maverick from India sits fourth on the list with 146 catches. It’s flamboyant batter Suryakumar Yadav on the fifth spot having 136 grabs to his name. SKY is a destructive T20 batter as well which makes him a complete package for any T20 side he represents.

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How did Kohli reach on top?

As RCB opted to bowl first, it was Mohammed Siraj bowling the third over with Jonny Bairstow on strike for the third delivery. He bowled a shorter length delivery to the batter which picked up hurriedly and Bairstow went for a pull shot. He got the ball high on the bat and the ball went straight up towards cover. It was Kohli and Glenn Maxwell coming down the ball but the Aussie let the flamboyant batter take the grab. This took Kohli to 173 catches.

Kohli couldn’t keep himself out of the game for long as he yet again broke in with another catch, sending PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan packing off Maxwell’s delivery. Dhawan who was inching closer to fifty (45 off 37) and was troubling the RCB bowlers tried to loft the ball coming down the track but got the outer half of the bat as the ball took a spin and settled into Kohli’s hands at long-off. Jitesh Sharma and Sam Curran revived the Punjab innings who went four down with Dhawan’s wicket.

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