Rajasthan Royals‘ star leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has joked that if he gets a chance to open the batting for his franchise, he could even break Virat Kohli’s record for the most runs scored by a batter in a single edition of the Indian Premier League. The prestigious record is in Virat’s name at the moment as he aggregated 973 runs in the 2016 season of the IPL while captaining the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This year, it seemed like Jos Buttler would inch closer to that record after the start he made to the season, but looking at his failures in recent matches, it seems highly unlikely that the wicket-keeper batter of the Rajasthan Royals team will break that record. Another player of the Rajasthan Royals squad who has shown interest in breaking that record is Yuzvendra Chahal.
Both Yuzvendra Chahal and Virat Kohli played together for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for many years. In fact, they led the bowling and batting units of the team from the front with their performances. Here’s what Chahal said in an recent interview with ESPNCricinfo:
“If I had chance to open – Then I would have broken every records not just Jos Buttler. Even Virat Kohli bhaiya’s record 973 runs would be Left for me only. I’m going to break. I will break that records in 10 matches because I have scored 10 Hundreds (laughs).”
Yuzvendra Chahal is yet to touch double digits in an IPL innings
While Chahal joked that he would score 10 centuries if he plays as an opener, the reality is that he has aggregated only 37 runs in his entire Indian Premier League career, with his highest score being 8*.
Chahal has been excellent in the bowling department though as he has picked up the most wickets among all bowlers in IPL 2022 thus far. As a result, he owns the Aramco Purple Cap.