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Kohli Feels Honoured Batting With This Legendary Player

Kohli Feels Honoured Batting With This Legendary Player

Kohli feels that it is a huge honour for him to bat alongside the South African veteran AB de Villiers. He also feels that his team has still got the chance to get to the playoffs.

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Winning a game while chasing down the target has become the trademark of Virat Kohli, the current skipper of the Indian national team and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fans witnessed again a prolific run chase as Kohli partnered with AB de Villiers and contributed a 118 run partnership for the third wicket against Delhi Daredevils in a match at the Feroze Shah Kotla.

Kohli and De Villiers during the match against Delhi

Bangalore are currently at the seventh place on the points table, but the skipper is quite optimistic about their chances. RCB not only have to win all their remaining games but also have to wait for certain results to go their way.

After the match against Delhi, Kohli said that the bowlers have conceded way more runs and bowling was not up to the mark. He also added that as they were chasing the target, they had the authority all through the game.

Moreover he also said that they wanted to end the game as early as possible to lift the net run rate, as at this stage NRR plays a huge important role.

“We were not clinical with the ball, but these guys played well. The chase, however, was ideal. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it’s easier for batsmen to take responsibility. You can almost set up the game how you like. That’s what works for our boys. I was disappointed getting out since we had the run-rate in control. Wanted to finish it with three overs to spare and get the net run-rate up. It cost us 10-12 balls to get the victory,” Kohli said to PTI.

Kohli scored 70 from 40 balls while his partner AB de Villiers stayed till the end and finished the game with 72 off 37 balls. After having a masterclass partnership with the South African, Kohli shared his experience of batting with him.

“It is lovely batting with AB. We have done this many times in the past. It was a stiff chase, but in the mid-innings break, AB told me ‘don’t worry, we’ll get this’, and that helped me get in the zone. I don’t need to say much. It has been an honour for me to bat with him,” said Kohli.

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RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77