Raina Beats Kohli to Become First to Cross 5,000-Run Mark in IPL

Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina became the first-ever cricketer to score 5,000 runs in the Indian Premier League on Saturday, 23 March.

The 31-year-old achieved the feat when he reached an individual score of 14 during the opening match of IPL 2019 between CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

(Graphic: Shruti Mathur/The Quint)

Raina, who aggregate at the start of the season was 4,985 runs, beat RCB captain Kohli to the feat.

After his 6 in the season opener at Chepauk, Kohli now has 4,954 IPL runs and is still 46 runs away from the big-mark.

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Defending champions CSK kicked off their Indian Premier League 2019 campaign on a rousing note by thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets at the MA. After wrapping up the visitors on a paltry total of 70 runs, the sixth lowest total in the IPL history, the hosts took 17.5 overs to overhaul the target on a slow Chepauk wicket.

After the win, Raina on Twitter wrote, “Playing and winning at home ground is always a special feeling! What a way to start”.

“Blessed & proud to cross 5000 runs. Here’s to many more victories with the team. Well done guys!” he said in another tweet.

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