On the eve of RCB's home match against Mumbai Indians, Kohli arrived about ten minutes early for the press conference, grinning from ear to ear. @ABdeVilliers17 is the scariest player on the planet I have ever seen. Shane Watson's done a fantastic job, but don't get me wrong, Virat is the RCB captain and I think they'll welcome him back with open arms.
By the time Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Pollard for 70, Mumbai needed just 17 more runs with 15 balls in hand and four wickets in the bag. Rest is one thing, but missing a game because of injury is different.
Rohit will hit form at some point and he's my pick here although I'd be much more confident if he was pushed back to the top. "During the course of such a big series, you tend to go into a zone". I have said this about myself as well. In the previous match, Ravi Shastri said, a Mumbai match is not over until the Pandyas are out and both Hardik and Krunal are proving it right.
Virat Kohli, who is returning for RCB as captain after an injury layoff, gave a big hint about Gayle's chances of playing against MI. "Me and David Warner were called because we played the finals past year".
Then came a four, as Kohli picked the length quickly, rocked back and pulled one to the boundary.More news: France election: Far-left Melenchon enjoys late poll surge
"Once you travel with the team, there is lot happening and to focus on one guy is not fair". "I stayed here to do strength work for my shoulder. Not having the camera [on you] when sitting in the dug out, that was quite refreshing". The RCB team has overall played three matches this IPL out of which they have won just one match and lost the other two.
After mistiming a short ball off Harbhajan Singh for a single in the second over of the innings, Kohli found his ominous touch. "Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be". "Chris [Gayle] has always been a priority for us in the past so many seasons". AB de Villiers has scored a run-a-ball 16 which is slow by any standard but we what these two can do in the final five overs. So it was hard to leave three of the others out and AB is in anyway. The last game, Chris was not there. Tymal mills has been the go-to bowler for their side in the powerplays and also at the death.
Chasing 143 runs to win, MI were reduced to 10-4 as Badree, who was playing his first game for RCB, scalped a hat-trick in the 3 over.
"Combination is something we have discussed". They are renowned for bouncing back in the later stages of the league as we have seen past year as well. Of course, we would appreciate your support in making these calls. Both possibilities are there.
MI are ahead in head to head win-loss ratio as well, winning 11 of the 19 matches the two teams have played so far.