The impact of Virat Kohli and his batting exploits over the years has been such that wherever he plays, he is looked up to as the benchmark. There are exceptions though, and when the other man in question is AB de Villiers and he plays fire to the ice at the other end, it leaves fans with plenty to cheer. Still, what transpired at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday needs to be looked through the prism of Kohli’s lofty standards.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain came into the match on the back of an unbeaten 90 that had single-handedly led his team to victory against Chennai Super Kings. Yet, on a Sharjah pitch that seemed to have become slow halfway into IPL 2020, Kohli was not his aggressive self. His attempts were mistimed, and he missed the line of the ball too on some occasions.
As KKR batting once again failed to find rhythm, RCB bowlers took over, raising hopes that this could be the year.