Former Indian pace bowler Irfan Pathan has said that “Virat Kohli the skipper” will be happier than “Virat Kohli the batsman” seeing the performances of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021.
Pathan while presenting on Star Sports, has said that RCB captain Kohli will be happier with his stunning captaincy than his batting in this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Kohli, however, failed to do well with the bat whereas RCB performed as a team. They were in great form with five wins out of the seven games before the postponement of the tournament as well.
Virat Kohli has scored just 198 runs in 7 games which came at an average of 33.00 and a strike rate of 121.47 as well. However, RCB placed at the third position on the points table before the tournament was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you talk about this season, Virat Kohli the captain will be happier than Virat Kohli the batsman. The way the entire team has responded, the way the combination of Virat Kohli and Mike Hesson has worked, and the hard work they put in for the auction,” Irfan Pathan said.
“Virat Kohli the captain will be happier than Virat Kohli the batsman” – Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan again shared that the RCB fans will be disappointed as they were in good form as well. Pathan said that the veteran players like Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers were in good touch. And, along with them, the bowling department lead by Harshal Patel was in a top form as well. The former India player further added that with the form RCB was in the league, they could have won the title this year as well.
As far as the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League is concerned, the BCCI and the IPL governing council has decided to postpone the tournament for an indefinite time period with an immediate effect after several players got affected by the COVID-19 inside the bio-bubble.
However, it started with Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrior and later Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach L Balaji, SunRisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ spinner Amit Mishra too joined in the affected players’ list which led the board to take the decision to call the tournament off now.