Some players are such that when they bat we simply sit and enjoy. One such player is RCB captain Virat Kohli. When he is in form, there is no way we are shifting our focus away from our TV screens. Unlike the rest of the top T20 batsmen, Kohli mostly plays his shots down the ground and scores the bulk of his runs through running between the wickets. Even the lofted shots that he plays are just extensions of the classical shots. But to everyone’s surprise, Virat Kohli played an innovative un-orthodox shot in the recently concluded match between CSK and RCB. Imitating his RCB teammate AB de Villiers, Kohli played one of his trade-mark 360-degree scoop shot.
During the last over of the recently concluded match between CSK and RCB, Virat Kohli unlike his usual self played an ABD-style un-orthodox scoop shot. The man who was at the receiving end was DJ Bravo. Coming into bowl the first ball of the last over, Bravo bowled a wide line Yorker anticipating Kohli to play it through the offside. But Kohli outsmarted him and played an ABD style scoop shot over fine fine leg, by moving a long way across the stumps. Since he is not known for playing such inventive shots, CSK captain MS Dhoni hadn’t placed any fielders in that region. And it went sailing through the vacant fine-leg region. Kohli fell down after playing that shot, after which he got up and pointed towards someone in the dressing room. It most probably had to be his good friend and RCB team-mate AB de Villiers, who is a master of this shot.
RCB who decided to bat first after winning the toss suffered early blow as their opener Aaron Finch departed early and cheaply. And the man who was in charge of the batting unit from the third over itself was RCB captain Virat Kohli. He along with Devdutt Padikkal build a strong partnership to steer the RCB innings smoothly. But after Padikkal’s wicket, the rest of the RCB middle order started stumbling and wickets fell in quick succession. Despite that Kohli accelerated and progressed his innings in a well-ordered manner. He ended up scoring 90 runs of just 52 balls and took RCB to a comfortable total of 169. The most fascinating fact about his innings is that more than 50% of his runs came from singles and doubles. He had scored just 4 sixes and 4 fours in this total tally of 90 runs. He pushed his non-strikers harder for each and every run. To everyone’s surprise, he even got back to the field for the second innings immediately after playing such a tiring knock. The fittest cricketer in the world without any doubt!
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