With his red-hot form, there’s no doubt Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world at the moment. But there are more than just runs and consistency that you associate with Kohli. The way that he has led the Royal Challengers Bangalore has given a lot of material for experts to think he’s developing into a major captain in international cricket.
When Kohli’s Wicket Cost RCB Dearly
After losing the Indian Premier League final against Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight runs at Bengaluru, Kohli said something that only very astute leaders say – taking the blame himself for the loss. “Definitely proud of the way we played this season. This was for people of Bengaluru. They have supported us in worst of seasons. We would have loved to be on other side of result. We went for a few but wicket was nice. Me and AB getting out close to each other was a big blow. Had I stayed with AB a little longer, it would have been different,” Kohli said in the post-match chat.
How That Happened
Kohli’s 54 from 35 balls had kept RCB on course for a win with the score 140 for 1 inside 13 overs and 69 runs to get from 43 balls. But then, Kohli’s wicket, which was a rarity when he was well set throughout the season, started the downhill slide for RCB.
Having already tonked Barinder Sran for a six over extra cover, Kohli tried a little too hard and got played on to the left-arm seamer in the 13th over. Six balls, his partner in crime on most occasions in the tournament – AB de Villiers got dismissed and RCB was then put under a lot of pressure, probably for the first time in a crunch situation.
Hallmark Of A Great Captain
As it turned out, Kohli’s side finished eight runs short and Sunrisers benefitted for playing the best as a team. Much like MS Dhoni when he admitted that his wicket was the turning point in the match, Kohli too has put a straight face and give credit where it’s due.
Just ahead of the crucial tie against Delhi Daredevils in the league stage, he had split a webbing on his left hand and didn’t allow that to hamper his batting. Former Pakistan speedster and commentator during the IPL Shoaib Akhtar said that Kohli will go to any extent to get his team for a win and he didn’t take any risk in playing the playoffs. “It was not a big risk. He would play even with a broken leg and would still score runs,” said Shoaib in a TV interview.