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IPL 2018: Virat Kohli Not to Open in this Year’s IPL 

IPL 2018: Virat Kohli Not to Open in this Year’s IPL
Virat Kohli says he won't be opening the innings in IPL 2018.

One of the most followed teams around the world, Royal Challengers Bangalore are on a mission.

The Virat Kohli-led side is yet to win the IPL. They finished last in 2016 edition of the IPL and looked determined to put up a good show this time.

 

The side doesn’t need to look too far for inspiration. Kohli was in red-hot form during the 2016 season. He single-handedly took his team to the finals, scoring 973 runs, that included four tons.

Having made it to the finals on three occasions, the red and gold army would like to go a step ahead this time.

Spoilt for choices

Simon Katich, RCB
KKR to start as underdogs against Virat Kohli’s RCB says, Simon Katich. Credit: KKR Twitter Handle

But this time around, we won’t get to see Kohli opening the innings. The Bangalore based franchise has lots of options to choose from. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Parthiv Patel, Brendon McCullum and Mandeep Singh are potential choices.

“In the past, it was more or less that I had to. I quite enjoyed that role. Predominantly, I will start at number three, having specialists at that order and that I have done well for Indian team at no 3. I have a good understanding of playing at that position (No 3) and gives the team a lot of stability. I see myself starting there, but it depends on who we playing against. But we are going to be flexible, adapting to different conditions,” said Kohli

Virat Kohli RCB
RCB captain Virat Kohli reveals why the team retired jersey number 12 ahead of the IPL 2018.

Ghost of the past haunts RCB

The last time RCB played Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Kohli’s batters were shot out for mere 49 runs.

While their batting is sharp this time too, RCB’s bowling looks promising for a change.

“It’s not going to be RCB batting versus KKR bowling. You will be surprised to see our bowling dominating in this IPL. It will be a pleasant surprise for everyone to see RCB’s bowling coming along nicely and not just relying on batting,” said Kohli.

Here is the newsfeed:

IPL 2018: CSK, Royals’ Return Adds Flavour, Virat Kohli Aims Maiden Title

IPL 2018: Simon Katich Reckons KKR to Kick Off as ‘Underdogs’ against RCB

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