Virat Kohli will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore in the knock-out match against Kolkata Knight Riders.. Instagram
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) face Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday and the shares are as high as possible. Virat Kohli led the RCB last season and he has a good chance to finally win the trophy for his beloved owner. Kohli and his men were eliminated by KKR for a total of 100, with both teams playing last. Asked to bat first, Kohli must hold the fort for his team and lay a solid foundation to give the launchpad the likes of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers the hammer and tongs in death overs.
Gautam Gambhir, the former captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kohli’s former India captain, believes that Kohli’s attitude as a batsman in this knock-out match should be. Gambhir, speaking on the ESPNCricinfo show “T20 TimeOut”, said the goalie should play the role of the sheet anchor and try to bat until the 17th or 18th over. Gambhir pointed out the ability of the goalie to spin the strike in the middle overs as an important aspect that helps the RCB to score higher or perform better in the chase.
“The stage is set for Virat Kohli, he is a great match player. I would like to see Kohli not take too much risk in the first six overs. .
“Kohli will be the most important if the RCB is set to score 150 or 160. He is the only player who can spin a strike in the middle overs when batting first. The RCB has a bowling attack of 155 to 160 in total,” he added.
When asked where AB de Villiers should bat, Gambhir said the South African legend should come in 5th.
“Maxwell has to bat in 4th place so he has to bat in 5th place because he has done better in form batter and KS Bharat in 3rd place,” Gambhir said.
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