Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma crossed the 5,000-run mark in the Indian Premier League (IPL) game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Rohit reached the landmark with a boundary off Mohammed Shami in the second over after Kings XI Punjab won the toss and inserted Mumbai in to bat. Earlier, Sheldon Cottrell clean bowled opener Quinton de Kock for a five-ball duck with a beautiful outswinger.
He joins an exclusive group of batsmen with over 5000 IPL runs which includes Virat Kohli (5,426) and Suresh Raina (5,368).
Last season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper became the fastest batsman to breach the 5,000-run mark in the IPL. He got to the milestone with a single off Jasprit Bumrah during the game against Mumbai Indians at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Prior to IPL 2019, Kohli had 4,948 runs from 163 matches at a strike-rate of 130.76, including 34 fifties and four hundreds. In 2016, his 973 runs in 16 games came at a strike-rate of 152.03, and at an average of 81.08.
Top 5 batsmen in the IPL
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore): 5,430 in 172 innings
Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings): 5,368 in 189 innings
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians): 5,000+ in 187 innings
David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad): 4,793 in 129 innings
Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals): 4,648 in 161 innings