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Virat Kohli Receives Fan’s Apology For Not Bowling At Wankhede
By CricShots - Apr 12, 2024 12:19 am
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Despite the venue, Virat Kohli never fails to command the affection of cricket fans, whether he’s playing in Bengaluru or elsewhere during the IPL. As the face of Indian cricket for over a decade, the former India captain enjoys immense popularity nationwide. Even opposing team fans openly admire Kohli during IPL matches, as was evident during the recent clash between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Mumbai Indians at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli apologized to fans

While fans hoped for a standout performance from Kohli, they were left disappointed when he was dismissed for just three runs. However, their support remained unwavering as they chanted, “Kohli ko bowling do” (Give bowling to Kohli).

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This chant had become a familiar refrain during the previous ODI World Cup, persisting until Kohli eventually bowled three overs in India’s last league game against the Netherlands in Bengaluru. However, this time, the 35-year-old opted not to oblige, expressing regret to the fans by gesturing apologetically.

Despite Kohli’s early dismissal, RCB managed to post a formidable total of 196/8 after being put in to bat. While the team struggled initially, losing Kohli and Will Jacks within the powerplay, they rebounded with half-centuries from Faf du Plessis, Rajat Patidar, and Dinesh Karthik.

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This total marked RCB’s first foray past the 190-run mark this season. In response, MI were off to a strong start, reaching 169/2 in just 13 overs and they eventually chased down teh total with more than 25 balls to spare. Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav played ay a blockbuster strike rate of around 300, demonstrating Mumbai’s intent to chase down the target with confidence.