Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock their horns in the first game of IPL 2019 in Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore on 23rd March. Chennai Super Kings are the defending champions and Kohli’s men are looking for their maiden title this year. Both the teams are strong enough to create wonders at the last moment. Royal Challengers Bangalore has the home advantage whereas Chennai Super Kings is one of the most successful teams in the history of IPL by clinching the title thrice. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings have the men with excellent records under their belt and here are a few records that might break in the inaugural match of IPL 2019.
1. Suresh Raina is just 15 runs away from 5000 IPL runs
Suresh Raina is one of the highest scorers in IPL though he is not a regular player in the Indian team currently. He has 35 IPL half-centuries under his belt and wants to continue to another successful season this year by contributing to the success of the team as he did earlier. He is fondly called as Mr. IPL and his jaw-dropping strike rate of 138 in IPL makes him the best choice when the team needs a fiery batsman. He is a part of the team since the inaugural season and wants to do his best to stand as the first player to slam 5000 runs in IPL.
2. Virat Kohli might reach 5000 IPL runs
Virat Kohli is one of the batsmen who is just a few runs far from the 5000-run milestone in IPL. He did splendid performances in his international career at the beginning of this year and wants to continue his voyage in the IPL with fiery performances. He slammed 34 half-centuries in his IPL career. Though he could not hand the IPL title for the team, he is a consistent performer and played a crucial role in the victory of the team in all the possible means. He is just 42 runs away from 5000 runs in the IPL.
3. AB De Villiers is just 47 runs away from 4000 IPL runs
Though De Villiers announced retirement from all the formats of international cricket, he is ready to play a pivotal role to hand the IPL title for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He holds the record of highest batting partnership with Virat Kohli. He has a whopping strike rate of 150 in his IPL career and is a consistent batsman at No.3 and mostly in the middle order. He wants to reach a memorable milestone of 4000 IPL runs by slamming 47 runs from the upcoming game.