‘Virat Kohli bowled 59 balls for…’: Former Indian star launches into RCB

"Virat Kohli bowled 59 balls for...": Former Indian star launches into RCB

RCB lost to KKR in their IPL 2024 match© BCCI/Sportzpics

Former Indian cricket team batter Akash Chopra took a cheeky dig at Royal Challengers Bangalore with an interesting anecdote involving Virat Kohliagainst Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL 2024 match on Friday. Kohli scored his second consecutive competitive half-century, but it was not enough as the RCB bowling attack faltered under pressure against the explosive batting of Sunil Narine And Venkatesh Iyer. Chopra pointed out that while Kohli bowled 59 deliveries to score 83, KKR had a stunning start in the powerplay and ended up scoring 83 runs in 5.5 overs.

“When Sunil Narine opens, the pattern is absolutely clear: ‘Either me or you won’t stay’. He plays that way, tries to get to the six. Everyone knows you have to play repeatedly against the bouncers and yorkers, but if you do’ “I couldn’t get it right, just like Bengaluru didn’t get it in the first six overs, it takes the match away from your reach,” he said declared during its analysis on Youtube.

Phil Salt was also there with him. Phil Salt scored 18 points in the first against himself. He was brilliant. Just to put things in context, the away team bowled well but Kohli bowled 59 balls to reach 83 and Kolkata had already scored 85 in 5.5 overs. Whether it be Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Siraj Or Yash Dayaleveryone has been hit badly,” the former Indian cricketer added.

Chopra also praised the KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir who he credited for moves like sending Narine open the stick and using Andrew Russell as a lethal bowler.

“I think Gautam has given them a lot of confidence. Sunil Narine’s opening has the imprint of Gautam Gambhir. Andre Russell bowling at the death also has a little imprint of Gautam Gambhir. It empowers them slightly and the same can be said about Venkatesh Iyer. He was empowered to hit fours and sixes,” Chopra explained.

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