Also, it is an IPL Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah. But from RCB captain Virat KohliFrom a perspective, this game probably presents a bigger picture.
Kohli will step down from IPL captaincy at the end of this year’s tournament, and Monday’s game could be his last as captain of the Bangalore-based franchise after nine years in charge. The decision, announced in the middle of the tournament, eases some of the pressure on skipper Kohli, taking away the privilege of those arguing to demand his removal if he fails to win the title again. Still, another trophy-less season will have critics sharpening their knives pointing to an empty cabinet.
Last year, after losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad in RCB’s Eliminator, the former India batsman and two-time KKR captain gautam gambhir The issue of accountability was raised. Despite his decision to pull out another Eliminator and step down from the captaincy to the RCB captain, more difficult questions may be faced.
The T20 World Cup is drawing to a close, which is also Kohli’s last assignment as India’s T20 captain. Obviously, he would not like to carry any negative sentiments in such an important tournament. Even as a batsman, he hasn’t played match-winning innings in white-ball cricket for a long time.
Kohli has scored 366 runs in 14 matches in this IPL, including three half-centuries. However, by their high standards, it feels a bit heavy. He has not scored a century in limited overs for almost two years now. With him playing across the line on the leg side, add the latest issue of him falling over his head and going out of line with the ball. leg before to out Bhuvneshwar Kumar In such a situation, just a few days ago, it is fresh in the memory of the fans.
When a cricketer plays for a long period some technical issues may come up and Kohli, the master batsman, does not require the help of a coach to sort it out. Such issues are addressed during the off-season, which is almost non-existent nowadays. The second leg of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates came on the heels of the Test series England And there is hardly any difference between T20 League and T20 World Cup. India have not won an ICC trophy since 2013 and Kohli needs to be in top form in the showpiece event to break the drought.
Rohit Sharma With the IPL not being good, Kohli’s responsibility of going to the T20 World Cup increases. Both are big tournament players and the global competition will be played with different intensity. Still, the big runs, especially against an excellent bowling attack from KKR, will be a serious confidence booster for Kohli, at the business end of the IPL.
Things get even more interesting when India’s first match in the T20 World Cup is against Pakistan. Forget the gap between the two teams, the hype-building has already started on the other side of the border. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja recently told his country’s Senate Standing Committee, “A strong investor told me that a blank check is ready for the PCB if Pakistan beat India in the upcoming T20 World Cup. “
Kohli talks a lot about ‘head space’ and getting it right will be crucial ahead of India’s T20 World Cup opener. As far as the Eliminator is concerned, their immediate target could be a more useful powerplay from a bowling point of view.
RCB’s average powerplay economy rate in this period is 8.38, with 11 wickets during the first six overs compared to KKR’s 17. Kohli, at times, has backed down Yuzvendra Chahali Against left handed batsmen. It will be interesting to see if he uses the leg-spinner early in the eliminator against KKR’s left-arm opener Venkatesh Iyer.
Despite not having good powerplay figures, RCB’s bowling performance in the middle overs and death overs has been excellent. But KKR’s heavy artillery – Andre Russell is likely to see fit – may not give their opponents a chance to rally.