IPL 2017: Suresh Raina Surpasses Virat Kohli, Twitter Erupts After His Superb Knock Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Updated: 22 April 2017 10:24 IST

Suresh Raina surpassed Virat Kohli to become the highest run-getter in Twenty20 cricket and IPL.

IPL 2017: Suresh Raina Surpasses Virat Kohli, Twitter Erupts After His Superb Knock Vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Suresh Raina toppled Virat Kohli to become the highest run-getter in Twenty20 © AFP

Gujarat Lions' (GL) skipper Suresh Raina once again silenced critics after playing a superb knock of 84 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) leading his team to victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Friday. Chasing a challenging 188-run target set by KKR, Raina led from the front with a blistering 46-ball 84-run knock to set the platform for the much-needed win for Gujarat franchise. Coming on to bat at the No. 3 position, Raina took the attack to the opposition bowlers and decorated his innings with nine boundaries and four sixes to steer the difficult chase.

Languishing at the bottom of the points table before the match, Gujarat were not favourites to win against the IPL heavyweights. But Raina, who was denied the central contract, made sure that his team comeback and that too strongly in the 10th edition of the league.

During his knock, he also surpassed Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli's aggregate to become IPL's top run-getter. He also toppled Kohli in becoming India's highest run-getter in the shortest format of the game. Now, the left-handed batsman has 4341 runs in IPL and 6673 runs in T20 cricket.

Not only with the bat, the 30-year-old excelled with the ball too. He was the most economical bowler on Friday's match, giving away just 11 runs in two overs at the crucial juncture of the match and also took the important wicket of Sunil Narine.

 

Hitting the purple patch at the right time, has he made a case for selection in the Champions Trophy? Well, it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the coming few days.

Topics : Gujarat Lions Kolkata Knight Riders Suresh Kumar Raina Virat Kohli Sew Shivnarine Sunil Philip Narine Eden Gardens Indian Premier League 2017 Cricket
Highlights
  • Suresh Raina led Gujarat Lions to a 4-wicket victory over KKR
  • Raina became the highest run-getter in IPL
  • The left-handed batsman made 84 off 46 balls
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