IPL Ka BAAP: Who Is the Godfather of IPL?

The Hindi term “IPL Ka Baap” popularly refers to the godfather of the Indian Premier League. You might wonder who is the IPL Ka Baap. It is the Indian right-handed batter Virat Kohli — the greatest cricketer of all time.

Virat Kohli marked his debut for the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. From then onwards, he has been a loyal and core player for RCB in all 17 seasons. The chase master has guided his team to achieve many challenging totals under tricky conditions while chasing targets. Mainly, his ability to revive the team’s batting innings after a collapsing start and his techniques to perform under immense pressure make him a unique player from the rest of the cricketers in the world.

Apart from batting, Virat Kohli’s dynamic performance on-field even at the age of 35 years makes it difficult for the present generation of young cricketers to match his abilities.

In this article, we will be decoding the crucial stats that prove why Virat Kohli is hailed as the IPL Ka BAAP among many cricket fans.

Reasons Why Virat Kohli is IPL Ka BAAP: Important Stats about the King of Cricket!

Virat Kohli is not only just the IPL Ka BAAP but also a world-class player who maintains outstanding consistency and portrays his hunger to score runs:

1. Most Number of Centuries in IPL:

One of the main reasons why Virat Kohli is considered an IPL Ka BAAP is he holds 7 centuries in the prestigious tournament so far. Indeed, it is the highest by any batter ever in the history of the Indian Premier League.

2. Leading run scorer in IPL:

By accumulating 7361 runs in 231 IPL innings, Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer till the present season with his highest score of 113 runs. Also, these great cricketers rank behind him in this list which proves that he is IPL Ka BAAP:

  • Shikhar Dhawan: 6,683 runs in 218 IPL innings.
  • David Warner: 6,426 runs in 177 IPL innings.
  • Rohit Sharma: 6,254 runs in 239 IPL innings.

3. Orange Cap Winner:

The year 2016 was remarkable for Virat Kohli as he was the Orange Cap winner of that season. He accumulated 973 runs in 16 matches. The IPL Ka BAAP achieved 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries in that edition.

4. 12,000 T20 Runs:

Recently, Virat Kohli once again proved that he is the IPL Ka BAAP by reaching the milestone of 12,000 T20 runs against Chennai Super Kings in the season opener of IPL 2024. He was able to achieve this exceptional record in just 378 matches with an average of 41.26.

5. Most Centuries in a single IPL Season:

Virat Kohli maintained the solo record of achieving most centuries in a single IPL season until 2022 when Jos Buttler equalled his records by scoring 4 centuries in that season.

It was in 2016 when Virat Kohli was in his peak form. These four centuries against these teams in a single season proves Virat Kohli is the IPL ka BAAP:

  • *100 runs from 63 balls (including 11 fours and 1 six) vs Gujarat Lions
  • *108 runs from 58 balls (including 8 fours and 7 sixes) vs Rising Pune Supergiants
  • 109 runs from 55 balls (including 5 fours and 8 sixes) vs Gujarat Lions
  • 113 runs from 50 balls (including 8 fours and 4 sixes) vs Kings XI Punjab

6. Highest run scorer of all time in single edition:

Although Virat Kohli fell 27 runs short of creating a history of scoring 1000 runs in a single edition, still he is considered the highest scorer of all time in just one IPL season.

Despite Shubman Gill being the leading run-scorer (890 runs- 4 fifties and 3 centuries) in the previous season, he couldn’t manage to near Virat Kohli’s record (973 runs- 7 fifties and 4 centuries). This record is enough to prove Virat Kohli is the IPL Ka BAAP.

7. Highest partnership in IPL:

Once again the year 2016 confirms that Virat Kohli is the IPL Ka BAAP by maintaining the highest partnership ever. He maintained a 2nd wicket partnership of 229 runs in just 96 balls with Ab de Villiers. It is indeed the highest partnership in the entire IPL history.

On 14th May 2016, the duo-batters Virat Kohli (109 runs) and Ab de Villiers (129 runs) propelled RCB to a mammoth total of 248-3 in 20 overs. Especially, the centuries from both these batters helped their team achieve the 3rd highest total in IPL history.

8. Most Catches in T20 Cricket:

Recently, Virat Kohli achieved another milestone of having the most catches in his T20 cricket career. As a result, he surpassed the record of former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina (172 catches).

While playing against Punjab Kings on 25th March 2024 at Bengaluru, Kohli once again proved that he remains the IPL Ka BAAP in all aspects by taking a fine catch at the covers to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.

Furthermore, he created history by becoming the first Indian with the most number of catches in the shorter format of the game. Interestingly, he still needs two more catches (currently 108 catches in IPL) to surpass Raina’s record ( 109 catches in IPL).

9. 100th fifty-plus score in T20 cricket:

Virat Kohli reached his 100th fifty-plus score in T20 cricket on 25th March 2024. Moreover, he became the first Indian and third international batsman to achieve this exceptional record.

The IPL Ka BAAP achieved another interesting record against the Punjab Kings at Bengaluru. While chasing a target of 177 runs, Virat Kohli’s magnificent knock of 77 runs from 49 balls (including 11 fours and 2 sixes) stabilized RCB’s collapsing batting order. Despite his dismissal during the death overs,  Virat Kohli’s innings motivated the finishing batters Dinesh Karthik and Mahipal Lomror to reach the winning target under pressure