IPL 2023
Sanjay Bangar Recalls When Virat Kohli Batted With Stitches On His Thumb
By CricShots - Mar 29, 2023 4:59 pm
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Former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli can also be called a synonym of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as he has completed 15 years with them. Beginning his IPL career with its inauguration in 2008, Kohli has seen many ups and downs with the teams and emerged as the most prolific player of the franchise.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli batted with stitches

The 34-year-old batter led RCB from 2013 to 2021 before Faf du Plessis became the captain of the franchise last year. For the past 15 years, Kohli has helped RCB claim historic victories on numerous occasions with his powerful batting performance and amazing leadership skills.

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To celebrate Kohli’s magnificent 15 years with RCB, Star Sports did a special segment where many former cricketers were seen talking about their favorite moments of Kohli with the franchise. Former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Bangar recalled the 2016 rain-curtailed match between RCB and Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab), where Kohli played with stitches on his fingers and still smashed a century off just 50 balls.

sanjay bangar
Sanjay Bangar

Elaborating the same, Sanjay Bangar said, “I remember a match, probably that was against Kings XI Punjab, where he played with stitches in hand and got a 100 in a 15-over match. That is phenomenal.”

During the match, RCB batted first after rain interrupted the game, and it was reduced to 15 overs per side. Former West Indies batter Chris Gayle and Kohli stitched a massive partnership of 146 runs and guided their side to a huge total of 211/3 in 15 overs.

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During the chase, PBKS could not even inch closer to the target as they were restricted to 120/9, despite a quick knock of 24 off 10 balls by Wriddhiman Saha. In the end, RCB won the match by 82 runs (DLS).

In the upcoming edition of IPL, defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) will be commencing the season with a game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday, at the Narendra Modi Stadium. RCB will be opening their campaign against Mumbai Indians on Sunday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.