Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 26 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in a high-stakes Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL) match. Kohli led RCB to victories in their previous two matches against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) as captain. Trent Boult gave the RCB captain-in-waiting a golden blank in their last match against RR, preventing him from performing well with the bat. Prior to RCB’s match against KKR, the venerable India spinner Harbhajan Singh made a profound comment about the star batsman. Virat Kohli responsibility to perform flawlessly for the hosts at the high-scoring venue, according to the 42-year-old He went on to state that the partnership between the former India captain and Faf du Plessis will be crucial for the three-time finalists on home soil.
“Virat Kohli will be responsible for keeping RCB afloat. His relationship with Faf will be indispensable. The fact that Virat and Faf are in excellent form is always a relief for RCB, as the former cricketer told Star Sports.
It has always been challenging for me to dismiss Kohli. Tahir
Prior to the encounter, former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Imran Tahir praised Kohli as a formidable batsman. During his IPL playing days, the former South African cricketer confessed that it was difficult for him to dismiss the 34-year-old batter. He added that the RCB would have high expectations for the star batter this season and that he should contemplate batting for a bit longer.
“Virat Kohli is an exceptional batter. It has always been challenging for me to extricate him. I want him to have a productive IPL season. His team has high expectations for him, so Virat should consider remaining on the wicket a little longer,” Tahir added.
RCB are fifth in the IPL 2023 points tally, having won four of their seven matches to date. Meanwhile, Kohli has scored 279 runs for RCB and is listed fifth on the Orange Cap list for the IPL 2023. In addition, the IPL’s foremost run-getter has recorded four half-centuries in the current season.