The respect between cricketers irrespective of the franchises they are representing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been paramount. Another case of such bonhomie was pretty evident after the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2022 clash on Wednesday. Two of the greatest in the league — Virat Kohli and Dwayne Bravo — were on fighting against each other but that didn’t stop the latter from hailing his rival.
Dwayne Bravo has come out in his support after what has been a forgettable tournament so far for Virar Kohli in terms of his batting. Bravo, who was not part of the CSK playing XI for the match against RCB, took to Instagram after the game and penned a note for Kohli to go along with some pictures.
Captioning the pictures, Dwayne Bravo wrote: “Enjoy life and appreciate greatness! @virat.kohli Respect #NumberOne numbers don’t lie! #Champion”.
There were also three pictures that Bravo posted. In the first, Bravo and Kohli are seen sharing a laugh while in the second the stalwarts can be seen hugging each other with a text to go with it that reads — “IPL’s leading wicket-taker and leading run-scorer in a single picture”.
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Here are some of the reactions from the fans:
Instagram post of Dwayne Bravo. The bond of King Virat Kohli and Champion Dj Bravo. pic.twitter.com/vv0BN1bsbB
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) May 6, 2022
— Virat Kohli Fan Club (@ImV_kohli_Fan) May 5, 2022
— Anjali Sharma (@Anjali_vk_18) May 6, 2022
— Lokesh Saini (@LokeshS97106421) May 5, 2022
— Rahul Choudhary (@Rahulc7official) May 5, 2022
In the overall standings, Virat Kohli is still is the highest run0getter in the IPL history. He has amassed 6,499 runs at an average of 36.51. He has five centuries and 43 half-centuries under his belt in the tournament. This season, however, Kohli has not been at their very best. Kohli has received immense criticism for his poor run of form and scoring rate.
The RCB star has 216 runs in 11 games at an average of 21.60 and a strike rate of 111.91. Meanwhile, among bowlers, Dwayne Bravo sits pretty atop the wicket-takers list. He has scalped as many as 181 wickets in 159 games at an average of 23.86. Bravo is among the wickets this season with 14 scalps to his name in just eight games.