Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan said that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli will be extremely happy with his side’s performance in IPL 2021.
The Challengers held the third spot in the Points Table with five wins in seven matches before the tournament got suspended. The BCCI took this decision after several COVID-19 cases were reported from different franchises participating in the 14th edition of the cash-rich league.
The cricketer-turned-commentator hailed the Bangalore-based franchise for putting in a lot of hard work during the auctions while picking the right players. He added that the duo of Kohli and RCB Director of Cricket operations Mike Hesson worked really well this season.
“If you talk about this season, Virat Kohli the captain will be happier than Virat Kohli the batsman. The way the entire team has responded, the way the combination of Virat Kohli and Mike Hesson has worked, and the hard work they put in for the auction,” said Pathan.
“They had gone after Maxwell. Before the auction, they put in a lot of effort in the trading also. We have spoken about Harshal Patel but they got Daniel Sams also, which means they thought if they had got the opportunity to play in Bangalore, the left-arm pacer Daniel Sams will be useful although he did not come of use. Harshal Patel did all the work,” added Pathan.
‘The RCB fans will be a little disappointed’: Pathan
The 36-year old mentioned that the RCB fans will be a little disappointed with the suspension of the tournament. He added that players like AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell were in great touch and things were looking really well for them.
“Where the tournament has stopped, the RCB fans will be a little disappointed because AB de Villiers was in good form, Maxwell was in good form, the team was doing very well, the bowling was very good,” said Pathan.
“It was about to be ‘Ee Sala Cup Namde’ for them, at least from the fan’s perspective, so it is expected that they will be a little disappointed but it has been a good year for them till now,” signed off Pathan.