Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag praised Virat Kohli for his crucial role in RCB’s victory and leadership during the match against CSK.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) secured a dramatic 27-run victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday, booking their place in the IPL 2024 playoffs. RCB set a challenging target of 218 runs on the board thanks to crucial contributions from skipper Faf du Plessis (54 runs) and star batter Virat Kohli (47 runs). The chase by CSK fell short despite a valiant effort, as they could only manage 191 runs with 7 wickets down.

Both teams finished the league stage with 14 points, but RCB’s superior run rate propelled them into the playoffs. Cricket experts lauded Kohli’s performance, highlighting his crucial role in setting the momentum for RCB’s victory.

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag praised Kohli’s batting, stating, “The start was important, and the start he [Virat Kohli] gave was brilliant. Faf du Plessis scored more runs, but the momentum Kohli set was needed. Got out after scoring 47 but the strike rate was 162. Brilliant batting from Virat. He has done what he is known for. Virat Kohli is the big player of big match, I enjoyed a lot [bade match ke bade player hai Virat Kohli toh dekhkar bada anand aaya mujhe]. Happy that he made runs and team also won. Otherwise most of the time, he performed and team failed to win, feels bad about it. But today, he clicked and the team also won and qualified for playoffs. So double party today.”

Echoing Sehwag’s sentiments, India pacer Mohammed Shami emphasized the importance of Kohli’s consistent contributions throughout the season. “Virat Kohli has been providing good starts to the team. Today, along with the captain and Virat Kohli, others chipped in. That’s the change,” added Shami.

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Sehwag also commended Kohli’s leadership during the team huddle, crediting him for energizing the team. “Today it was required. When Virat Kohli remained charged up, others will also get the energy. Everyone is aggressive in RCB now… Virat’s pep talk to motivate them was needed, especially for the bowlers,” concluded Sehwag.

Nevertheless, this dramatic win will be a confidence booster for RCB, who will now be aiming for the eliminators and, after that, their maiden IPL trophy. RCB will be playing the eliminator on May 22nd.

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Last Updated on May 19, 2024