After an 8 wicket defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab, Virat Kohli has might have questioned the decision of sending their star batsmen AB de Villiers at the no.6 spot. The Bangalore skipper explained his decision as a strategic move as the likes of Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube were sent ahead of the South African wicketkeeper.
After scoring a half century at the very same venue in is last outing against the Kolkata Knight Riders, de Villiers only managed to score 2 runs of 5 deliveries before being dismissed, leading to the RCB side ending up with a total of just 171 runs even thought the team could have easily passed the 200 run mark. Another reason for sending him such down the order Kohli stated that he emphasized more on a left-right hand combination following discussions with the team management.
Virat sheds light on his decision
“We had a chat, a message from outside about left-right combination and we wanted to go with it because they had two leggies. Sometimes things don’t come off,” said Kohli in his post match interview.
Kohli also sounded his satisfaction for the target of 171 that they set up and also confirmed he had no conversation with the spinner regarding bowling of the final over. “We’re pretty happy with the decisions we took. Having 170 was a decent score. There was no conversation between Yuzi and me to be honest. They kind of let us come back in the game, because I think it should have ended by the 18th over.”
In the end, the match came down to the final 2 deliveries which ended with Nicholas Pooran hitting Chahal for a six. Chahal had almost defended 2 runs in the last over. But in the end KL Rahul and Chris Gayle half-centuries ensured victory for Kings XI Punjab, this was their 2nd win in this year’s IPL.