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It’s been one hell of a season for Virat Kohli, India’s Test captain, who also leads the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise. In the sixteen innings he played for Bangalore in the recently concluded tournament, Kohli scored a record 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. Kohli’s campaign had an unprecedented four hundreds, considering that before the tournament, he’d never scored a T20 hundred.

The only thing then, missing from Kohli’s trophy cabinet this year, was the IPL trophy. Chasing 209 for a victory, the Royal Challengers could only manage 200 in their innings, in spite of a brutal opening onslaught, led by Chris Gayle and Kohli.

Here’s what we’ve learnt about Virat Kohli from this year’s IPL season.

Purple patch continues

Kohli’s purple patch, which began in the Australia tour this year and continued through the World T20s, has simply been extended through the IPL. His sixteen innings in the IPL read as thus: 75, 79, 33, 80, 100*, 14, 52, 108*, 20, 7, 109, 75*, 113, 54*, 0, 54. Bar four sub-20 scores, the rest of his twelve innings have seen eight scores of 30+ (as good as a fifty in T20 cricket), including seven fifties and four hundreds.

Leading by example

This IPL has seen several captains prosper. Kohli and David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) though stand out as clear cases of “leading from the front". At one stage, the Royal Challengers were nearly down and out, staring at a possible exit from the tournament. But Kohli’s leadership helped others around him, thus enabling the side to qualify for first for the play-offs and later, the final of the IPL.

The hundreds just can’t stop coming

For a batsman who never scored a T20 hundred before the IPL began, finishing with four such knocks must be quite a satisfying achievement. Barring his maiden T20 hundred against the Gujarat Lions at Rajkot which came in a losing cause, the others helped RCB win their respective matches. Equally impressive was his partnership with South African batsman AB de Villiers, with whom he put on four century partnerships, including the record-breaking 219 against the Gujarat Lions.

A young man’s captain

All of 28, Kohli’s captaincy for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, has seen him display the ability to blood younger talent and inspire them along their respective journeys. Look no further than K.L. Rahul, Sachin Baby, Yuzvendra Chahal or even teenager Sarfaraz Khan for his ability to first blood, and back quality talent.

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