Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper, Virat Kohli’s on-field aggression has often been a topic of discussion over the years but his former teammate and South Africa pacer Dale Steyn reckons that his teammates at the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise love to see their captain at his aggressive best.
Virat Kohli was at his bat against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) hammered the defending champions by 54 runs to stay in the game to reach the play-offs in IPL 2021. Kohli led from the front with the bat, taking the attack to Jasprit Bumrah and setting the tone for the rest of the RCB innings in Dubai.
Kohli has amassed 52 from 42 balls as the RCB skipper never allowed the MI bowlers to settle into a rhythm. The aggression seemed to have rubbed off on KS Bharat, who punched the air in delight after sweeping leg-spinner Rahul Chahar into the mid-wicket stands. Bharat hit a 24-ball 32 before Glenn Maxwell tore into the MI attack, smashing a 37-ball 56.
Dale Steyn, during a recent chat on Star Sports’ Live feed of Select Dugout, said young players in RCB have massive respect for captain Kohli and feed off from his aggression.
Dale Steyn elaborated, “I think the guys prefer to see him be more aggressive, it seems to get him to play a bit more fluently. It kind of sparks the younger players too, a lot of the younger guys have massive respect for Virat, and they admire him so much that they kind of follow in his direction.”
He further added, “So, he does lead from the front in that aspect and RCB love it. He’s kind of built that thought around RCB now. It’s the kind of culture that they have got in that dressing room.”