Cometh the hour, cometh the man: Virat Kohli
As the Royal Challengers Bangalore prepare for a must win game against the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, great things are expected of skipper Virat Kohli.
Billed as a ‘do or die’ clash for RCB, Kohli will need some of his famous resilience as his side look to beat Chennai and qualify for the playoffs provided the Rajasthan Royals do them a favour by beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad!
Though beating Chennai is easier said than done, it certainly is not an impossible task given RCB’s superb batting form.
Kohli has had a great run in the tournament so far (578 runs), and has delivered with the bat in tight situations, as was evident during his knock of 99 against the Delhi Daredevils which helped RCB put up a match-winning total.
With an in form batting lineup at his disposal, the only matter of concern for Kohli would be RCB’s bowling form which has been patchy to say the least. It would be interesting to see how Kohli handles his bowlers on Saturday against a strong, in-form Chennai batting line up.
Michael ‘Mr Cricket’ Hussey has been on a scoring spree throughout the 2013 IPL and is currently second in the overall run scorers list (640 runs). Also the good form of Suresh Raina (466 runs) and MS Dhoni (374 runs) has left Kohli with a massive challenge on Saturday.
Kohli can take inspiration from his epic 183 against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup, as he helped India snatch a famous win against their arch rivals. Another one of those high flying knocks may just be the need of the hour for RCB as they gear up for what is probably their match of the tournament.
So as they say ‘cometh the hour and cometh the man’, it remains to be seen as to whether Kohli can do justice to that age old saying with a match winning knock on Saturday. If he does succeed, then it may just be the start of good things to come for the prospective India skipper!
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