Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have got off to a good start in the Indian Premier League 2020. Following their win against Mumbai Indians (MI) yesterday, RCB have now won two matches out of three. RCB’s batting came together well yesterday as the likes of Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers struck half-centuries. The only batter who couldn’t get going was skipper Virat Kohli.
Despite his failure, RCB crossed 200 runs. MI who were struggling initially, went all guns blazing suddenly to take the game to a Super Over courtesy Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard. Chasing a modest target of 8 in the Super Over thanks to good bowling from Navdeep Saini, RCB cruised home thanks to boundaries from de Villiers and Kohli.
Kohli is a class act – Gavaskar
Despite RCB’s good performance yesterday, skipper Kohli’s form has been a cause for concern. Kohli has failed to perform to the high standards he has set for himself. Former Indian cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar however, expressed confidence that the Indian captain will bounce back.
Gavaskar called Kohli a ‘class act’ while on commentary duty saying, “He’s a class act everybody knows that. So what if he’s had 3 quiet matches, he’s the kind of batsman who will make up for it towards the end. He may have started slowly but by the time the tournament ends he will have 400-500 runs which is what he gets every year. There was that one year when he got almost a 1000 runs (in 2016) and hundreds as well (4). He may not get 900 runs (in IPL 2020) because the first 3 matches have been quiet but 500 runs totally, they are all written there”
Gavaskar was under fire recently
Gavaskar’s comments come just days after he had been under fire for his comments onKohli and his wife Anushka Sharma wherein he had stated that Kohli had practiced only to his wife’s bowling and hence he was out of form. Anushka herself called him out for his ‘distasteful’ comments.
Gavaskar however, stood by his comments stating, “Firstly, I would like to say it again. Where am I blaming her? I am not blaming her. I am only saying that the video said that she was bowling to Virat. Virat has played only that bowling during the lockdown period. It’s a tennis ball, a fun game that people have to pass time during the lockdown. That’s all. Where am I blaming her for Virat’s failures?”