IPL 2019: Virat Kohli Reveals His Favourite Match For Royal Challengers Bangalore
Over the years, Virat Kohli has created his own legacy as a batsman in the Indian Premier League. While Kohli is yet to lay his hands on the IPL trophy, his record as a batsman ranks him among the elite. The only player to have played for a single club till date, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman has so far scored 4,938 runs at an average of nearly 40 and a strike-rate of over 130. Who can forget the 2016 season when he nearly amassed 1,000 runs and hit a scarcely-believable 4 centuries.
In the eleven seasons so far, he has helped his side made it to three IPL finals but unfortunately could not power them over the line in the decider. No surprises then that the IPL veteran has bee so far involved in numerous memorable games. However, when it comes to his favourite game in an RCB, it did not come in the IPL but in the now-scrapped Champions League T20.
The RCB skipper has picked out the Champions League T20 game in 2010 against Mumbai Indians in Durban as his most memorable match for RCB.
“I clearly remember the Champions League T20 Game in 2010 against Mumbai Indians in Durban, where I scored 49 runs, but we lost the game in the last delivery. I consider it as one of my most memorable innings wearing the RCB jersey,” Kohli was quoted as saying by IANS.
“When everyone had given up, I stayed till the end and almost won us the game. This gave me a lot of confidence, and everyone who watched that game, appreciated me,” he added.
Chasing 166, RCB were reeling at 100 for 4 in the game. This is when Kohli took the onus on himself and played a stunning knock. However, he was out on the last ball when his side needed three runs to pull off a stunning win. Kohli eventually scored 47 off just 24 balls.
“That was my #GameBanayegaName moment, the innings that gave me extensive recognition. Mumbai Indians team consisted of Zaheer Khan who bowled that last over along with Sachin Paaji and Bajju pa; and they all saw the game and noticed what I could potentially do, and for me that was a big moment,” Kohli added.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to bounce back after the disastrous outing in the last edition of the IPL. After a dismal start to the season, they had managed a brief recovery in the second half. After two wins in the first seven fixtures, they managed double the amount of success in the next seven, but that still wasn’t enough. They eventually failed to make it to the playoffs.
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