If it was against the Hyderabad outfits – Deccan Chargers too Sunrisers Hyderabad – In 2009 and 2016, RCB To the second place Chennai Super Kings In 2011. All this was probably behind Virat KohliManas when he started the innings with the skipper Faf du Plessis Thursday night. Their immediate target was SRH’s 186/5, which would not only help them hold on but also bring them closer to their goal of winning the elusive title.
The ensuing 17.2 overs were pure gold as Kohli’s brilliant opening stand of 172 runs – the best for any wicket in this edition – steered RCB to a clinical eight-wicket victory.
“When he gets going, he’s difficult to bowl to,” said Harshal Patel. “He’s not a power hitter, but his timing is incredible. Even in the field, he’s always buzzing. His energy on the field, his commitment to the game and his skills are impressive to watch.”
The former India skipper’s sixth IPL century – 49 months later – and his partnership with du Plessis is an extension of the good impression the Indian has made. AB de Villiers Earlier, a nod to the most successful opening combo in the IPL.
“I never look at past numbers. I’m already under a lot of pressure. This is my sixth IPL century. Sometimes I don’t give myself enough credit despite playing impact knocks. (So) I don’t care what anyone says. Outside because it’s their opinion,” Kohli said.
The partnership between Kohli and du Plessis started in 2022. “We (Kohli and du Plessis) have scored almost 900 runs together this season. It’s amazing to bat with him. It’s similar to how I felt with AB (de Villiers) and me. Batting together,” Kohli said. It’s just an idea of where the game is going.