Virat Kohli is world-famous for his intensity with which he plays any game. Be it Kohli’s batting, fielding or the captaincy, the Indian star has always been on the front foot to give his best shot. Such is Kohli’s amazing love for the game and will to win that the commentators even find no words at times to describe the beauty of the Indian skipper.
Highlighting such features of Kohli, it would be safe to say that the player was not his very best in terms of batting in the recent past. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Chennai Super Kings on Friday broke the deadlock for him as the batter went all guns blazing in the first innings with a 53 off 41 to help his side get into a strong position in the game. Kohli alongside another opener Devdutt Padikkal anchored the innings for the side, scoring 90 runs in the first 10 overs. When he departed RCB were in a strong position of 111 in 13.2 overs.
Fast forward to RCB’s bowling and Kohli didn’t stop impressing the crowd. Defending an under-par total of 157 that too at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Bangalore bowlers were taken to the cleaners from CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis. Something special was needed to break the partnership that thrived to 71 in just 8.1 overs. However, a determined Kohli didn’t lose heart and that saw him grabbing a stunning catch to dismiss Ruturaj Gaikwad. The CSK opener edged Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery towards slip region where Kohli ran forward from backward point and dived to pick the ball mid-air to complete a clean catch.
Such was the beauty of the stunner, Gaikwad decided to stay on the field and wait for TV umpire’s signal, which fairly landed in favour of RCB.
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It is worth noting that from 111/0 RCB could muster just 156/6 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs as the second half of the innings did not come in favour of them, courtesy CSK’s disciplined bowling attack. Dwayne Bravo (3/24), Shardul Thakur (2/29) and Deepak Chahar (1/35) were the stars for CSK in the first innings.