Virat Kohli starred with the bat while RCB all-rounder Glenn Maxwell put on a superb all-round show as the Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat Gujarat Titans (GT) by 8 wickets in Match No. 67 of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Nearly two months and 13 matches later, Virat Kohli finally played like the old Virat Kohli. The superstar India batter, who had been struggling for runs recently, played a vintage Virat Kohli-esque knock, scoring a fine 73 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujarat Titans in an IPL 2022 match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Virat Kohli Took The Initiative To Attack: Sachin Tendulkar Praises The RCB Batter
Rashid Khan got Virat Kohli out in the 17th over but not before the stylish right-hander had scored a dazzling 73 off 54 balls in the chase, paving the way to RCB’s victory. Glenn Maxwell, though, continued to his merry ways and hammered an unbeaten 40 off 18 balls as RCB registered their eighth win of the season, with 8 balls to spare.
This was Virat Kohli’s second half-century of the current IPL 2022 season, and while the previous one too had come against Gujarat Titans, this one had a Virat Kohli stamp to it.
“I liked the positive attitude shown by the Bangalore batters. Virat took the initiative and he started attacking. In this match, I really liked one thing in particular, and that was the precision in his footwork and like they say, showing the face of the bat. It was visible and I really liked that. Both batters are fit and their running between the wicket is brilliant,” Sachin Tendulkar said on his YouTube video.
Virat Kohli struck eight fours and two sixes during his 54-ball knock. Virat Kohli, who was declared the player of the match, looked like a different player in the match against Gujarat Titans as he constantly cheered himself on during vital knock that helped RCB to stay alive in the playoffs race with the eight-wicket win.
Virat Kohli’s Shot Against Rashid Khan To Reach His 50 Was Brilliant: Sachin Tendulkar
His maximum off Rashid Khan by which the former RCB skipper reached his fifty was praised by Sachin Tendulkar. Both of Virat Kohli’s sixes came off Rashid Khan but the manner in which Virat Kohli nonchalantly whipped an in-dipper over deep midwicket to get to his half-century off 33 balls was a sight to behold.
“The shot Virat played against Rashid, to reach his fifty, was just brilliant. I thought he noticed that it’s a leg spinner, and the length of the ball was close to his feet, and at the last moment, he used his wrist to give it elevation. I loved it because it wasn’t a wild slog at all. He read the bowler well and being aware of the length, he played that shot at the last moment. Overall, Virat batted brilliantly I felt and Faf played a superb supporting role. That was smart cricket,” said Tendulkar.
Virat Kohli has had a very poor season this time around in IPL 2022. He has only scored 309 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of under 120, besides being dismissed on golden duck thrice this season. He became the first batter to breach the 7,000 run-mark in the history of the IPL. The former RCB skipper has over 6,600 runs for his franchise in the IPL, with the rest coming in the now-defunct Champions League.
Table leaders Gujarat Titans, who had beaten Faf du Plessis-led RCB by eight wickets at the same venue earlier this season, opted to bat and, riding on skipper Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 62 off 47 balls, posted 168/5 on the board.