Virat Kohli's heartbreaking act after RCB's IPL exit, a repeat of ODI World Cup final defeat

Virat Kohli was visibly dejected after Royal Challengers Bengaluru crashed out of IPL 2024.© X (Twitter)

Star dough Virat Kohli was visibly dejected after Royal Challengers Bengaluru bowed out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following the loss to Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator on Wednesday. RCB's six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end in Ahmedabad with the franchise once again missing out on the chance to win the title. Kohli had an exceptional season with the bat, scoring 741 runs in 15 matches. While Kohli is highly likely to win the orange cap, an IPL trophy remains elusive for the former RCB captain.

After Rovman Powell hit the winning boundary for RR, a dejected Kohli was seen knocking down the bails, repeating his actions after the heartbreaking defeat in the ODI World Cup final against Australia at the same venue.

Kohli on Wednesday created history by becoming the first player to score 8,000 runs in the IPL.

To cross the 8,000-run mark, Kohli needed just 29 runs, and he achieved it with his grace and precision. Yuzvendra Chahal removed Kohli after scoring 33 runs off 24 balls, including three boundaries and a six. His closest rival, Shikhar Dhawancourse with 6,769 trails.

So far in the tournament, Kohli has accumulated 741 runs in 15 matches for RCB. At an average of 64 and a strike rate of 155 this season, he has scored one century and five half-centuries.

Talking about the Eliminator clash, Rajasthan Royals ended their four-match winless streak in the Indian Premier League and bounced back at just the right time to seal their place in Qualifiers 2.

Meanwhile, Kohli is expected to leave for New York in the coming days to prepare for the T20 World Cup.

He has been named in the 15-man squad, which will be led by Rohit Sharma.

India are scheduled to face Ireland in their first match of the tournament on June 5.

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