Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli continued his purple patch as he slammed a match-winning century for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their blockbuster win over SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing a target of 187 runs, RCB rode on the brilliance of Virat and Faf du Plessis to scale the chase.
Virat Kohli Played A Blockbuster Knock
Kohli walked out to open the innings along with Faf du Plessis and together the duo stitched a record-breaking partnership. Both the RCB superstars posted the most runs scored by an opening pair in IPL history — 172-run stand for the first wicket off 107 deliveries.
Kohli reached the triple-figure in style with a stunning six over deep mid-wicket, inducing a loud roar from the crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. This was the second century in the ongoing game between SRH vs RCB, the first one came off Heinrich Klaasen’s bat in the first innings. He amassed 104 off 51 deliveries to propel Hyderabad to 186/5 in their quota of 20 overs.
Mohammad Amir Hailed King Kohli
Cricket fans and experts were left in awe of the Indian batting maestro as he showcased his batting prowess and smashed the SRH bowlers to all corners of the ground. Social media has been buzzing with messages and tributes for King Kohli, and his name has been on the trending list on Twitter.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir was also left in awe of Kohli and shared a tweet showering praise on Kohli. Amir, who has played against Kohli, hailed Virat as the ‘real King’. He wrote:
“what a inning by one and only the real king @imVkohli take a bow.”
Check out the Tweet:
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) May 18, 2023
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Virat said that hitting a ton in a crucial game was quite special. He said:
“Quite special considering the magnitude of the game. Thought SRH got a very good score. Ball was gripping as well. Faf’s been on a different level. I’ve had a quiet couple of games. The way I was hitting in the nets wasn’t transitioning into the middle.”
Further, Kohli said that he never looks at his past records against any team whether they are strong or weak. He said:
“Never look at past records (not great numbers against SRH). I put myself under so much stress already. I don’t care what anyone says on the outside. I’ve never been a guy who plays so many fancy shots. It’s Test cricket (coming up) after the IPL. have to stay true to my technique,”