By India Today Sports Desk: Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Sanjay Bangar shed light on one of Virat Kohli’s incredible training sessions on the eve of their big-ticket IPL 2023 match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Kohli spent time in the middle at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday, sweating it out at the nets, facing some of the best bowlers in the camp to prepare for the challenge ahead.
Virat Kohli got out for a golden duck in RCB’s win over Rajasthan Royals on April 23 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Kohli was undone by an inswinger from Trent Boult as the RCB star did not even review the on-field umpire’s decision.
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Kohli, who has stood-in as captain in RCB’s last 2 matches, faced Mohammed Siraj in the nets on Tuesday and battled it out against the fast bowler, who has been in stunning form. Siraj has picked up 13 wickets in 7 matches in IPL 2023, producing wickets for RCB in the powerplay with stunning consistency. And the Hyderabad pacer troubled Virat Kohli too, beating him with both inswing and outswing, as seen in the video shared by the franchise.
However, Kohli found his rhythm, hitting Siraj and the rest of the bowlers out of the park with consistency. Kohli looked charged-up as he drilled a few down the ground and lofted a few into the night sky with precision as Bangar kept a close eye on the proceedings in the training session.
“When he comes for training, he makes sure he does his things really well. If at all, there are any issues he is concerned about, he wants to straightaway address it and rectify it and that’s the hallmark of his game. He is somebody who is always willing to push the limits and the barrier. It augurs well that he is in that sort of a mindset,” Bangar told RCB on the eve of their match against KKR on April 26.
Kohli has been in fine form in IPL 2023, hitting 279 runs in 7 matches which includes 4 fifties. Kohli has been able to get off to flyers but his inability to keep the charge going after the powerplay has been questioned by a few former cricketers. Kohli, however, has a strike rate of over 140 in the new season.
MIDDLE-ORDER CONCERNS FOR RCB?
Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar conceded that RCB’s middle-order needs to step up but highlighted that the form of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell has not made it easy for the batters who follow to get game time.
Faf du Plessis is the holder of the Orange Cap with 405 runs in 7 matches while Glenn Maxwell has 253 runs. However, RCB’s next best batter is Dinesh Karthik, who has managed just 61 runs.
The likes of Suyash Prabhudesai, Mahipal Lomror and Shahbaz Ahmed have not been able to make use of the opportunities that have come their way in the absence of injured Rajat Patidar.
“Well, it’s a T20 game, we have to understand that. If the top 3 are getting to play a lot of the ball,s, it leaves very little work to be done. But yes, we would certainly like to have a little more contribution from them. It doesn’t really mean they are not contributing and one thing that we have to keep track of, all the day games, the wickets have slowed down. Even for the batters coming lower down the order, the run-making is not that easy. You have seen that with not only our batters, but the oppositions that we have played also.
“But yes, we are certainly expecting and they themselves are expecting better contributions,” Bangar added.