The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will begin with a clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium. A mouth-watering clash to say the least. CSK are three-time champions, while RCB are looking for their maiden title.
When the two teams clash, there will also be a contest within a contest. Bangalore captain Virat Kohli and Chennai's Suresh Raina will be competing against each other with an aim to book their names in IPL record books. The two will be bidding to outpace each other and become the first to reach the 5000-run mark in the history of the competition.
Not in the scheme of things as far as the national team is concerned, Raina has been a revelation when it comes to IPL. The southpaw is the highest run-getter, having played for CSK and Gujarat Lions.
In 176 games, Raina has scored 4985 runs at an average of 34.37 and a strike rate of 138.43. The Uttar Pradesh player has so far managed 35 scores of above fifty and one century.
Compared to Raina, Virat, meanwhile, has 4948 runs in 163 runs at a slightly better average of 38.35 but a lower strike rate of 130.76. The Indian captain has so far recorded four centuries and 34 half centuries.
Raina needs 15, while Virat requires 52 runs to reach the 5000-run mark and at this time. The two are top order batsmen and the toss will obviously decide who becomes the first-ever to breach the mark.