IPL 2020 | RCB vs RR: What experts said as Virat Kohli finally hits form in UAE

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Oct 3, 3:16 PM

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers after the end of the match (Courtesy/ IPL)
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers after the end of the match (Courtesy/ IPL)

It was a clinical show from the Virat Kohli and Co. as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Rajasthan Royals by a huge margin of 8 wickets. Devdutt Padikkal was brilliantly calm and composed in the chase and eased the team to a 156 target without any visible difficulty. 

The bowling department of Bangalore also did well and got wickets at quick intervals to restrict a side as rich in batting as Royals with guys like Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, and in form Sanju Samson in the team. 

Yuzvendra Chahal was particularly brilliant with the ball. 

For Rajasthan Mahipal Lomror's innings and Rahul Tewatia's cameo came good. In bowling, Jofra Archer was as always brilliant but not good enough to defend the total. 

Captains' Viewpoint 

Talking about the game, Virat Kohli said, "Very important two points. The kind of game we had last time, it's very important to back that up." 

"It was warm, but coming from Dubai, this felt better because of the breeze," he added. 

Happy with the victory, the 31-year-old revealed about a talk he had with opposition mate Jos Buttler. 

"It's a funny game, an amazing game and I was telling Jos that I love this game and hate it too; it's something you need to understand [bad form] but when the team's doing well, you get more time to apply yourself," he said. 

Sharing his experience from the past, Kohli dwelled upon the phase that a team can go through when they keep losing matches.  

"This tournament can get away from you very quickly. When you start losing initially, the games start going quickly and suddenly you realize 8 games are gone and you don't have points," Kohli said. 

The captain said that he and the team would look to continue the momentum. "We need to keep up the momentum." 

"There wasn't much to reveal [to Devdutt] and I told Simon this guy's got serious talent - reach, and a great eye. And a left-hander, very clean shots. You hardly feel he's taking risks, you get that feeling rarely at this level," he praised the Karnataka youngster Padikkal. 

"Today he carried from 40 to 65 odd, so he's a smart guy and he understands the game well," Kohli added. 

On the other hand, Steve Smith looked frustrated after two back to back defeats and the dip in his form as well.  

"We could have done a lot better. Didn't get enough run on the board, it was a good wicket. We couldn't get a partnership together," he said. 

The Australian then took out the positives from the saying that 'Jofra bowled exceptionally.' He also praised Lomror for his performance. 

"Our leggies bowled well, but we didn't have enough on the board. Lomror played nicely under pressure and to get 155, we didn't look like getting that many; he played a mature inning," said the 31-year-old. 

Smith, then lamented the react that his top 3 failed to perform in the last two changes and thus the problem has occurred in their team's overall planning and execution. 

"Our top 3 should be doing the job a lot more. The last two games it's cost us. We bat quite deep, but our top 3 need to bat longer and get ourselves into the innings," he said. 

"Just a few areas which we've to work on and we'll go back and look at those," Smith concluded. 

Expert Opinion:

Commenting on the victory, experts seemed very impressed by the clinical show of Virat Kohli and Co. Veteran cricket analyst, Ayaz Memon called it a very important victory for the Challengers. 

Gaurav Kalra, a senior cricket journalist went cheeky with his comment saying that the only thing missing in today's RCB victory was Kohli taking high moral ground and scolding fans for heckling Smith. 

Raising an important point of youngsters playing freely and with much ease due to fewer crowds, Boria Majumdar explained the phenomenon with an example of Sachin Tendulkar.

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  • Virat Kohli
  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Mahipal Lomror
  • Steve Smith
  • Jofra Archer
  • RR
  • RCB
  • IPL 2020
  • Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

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