Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) star Virat Kohli churned out a brilliant performance on Thursday night, smashing his sixth ton in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the side defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets. He smashed the bowlers all around the park as he brought his century in 62 balls, and also shut the doubters down with his impressive knock. Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar was among the many who took note of Kohli’s aggressive approach right from the start of RCB’s innings.
The opener smashed fours off the first couple of deliveries he faced, and all of his first 16 runs came in boundaries. Manjrekar said that Kohli could prolong his T20 career if he continues to play in a similar manner.
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During a chat on ESPN Cricinfo, Sanjay Manjrekar said, “I love the template with which he batted. I wish and pray that he continues in the same way, which is about trying to maximize returns on every ball. Sometimes, you wonder whether he sets a long-term target for himself, and in the process, loses control on the present. After he hit a couple of boundaries, you see him taking singles and prolong his innings.”
He further explained, “Tonight, he just came in thinking different. I don’t know whether it was his own decision or someone spoke to him, but if Virat bats in this fashion, not only he’s going to extend his T20 career, but suddenly, RCB looks a different team. Now, you got Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, and Virat Kohli batting at the same kind of strike rate. That’s ominous.”
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The former India captain has already amassed 538 runs from 13 games to sit fourth in this season’s leading scorers list, and thanks to his quickfire knock on Thursday, his strike rate is now 135.85 in the season.