Home > Features >

IPL 2014: Virat Kohli must show true class for RCB against CSK

IPL 2014: Virat Kohli must show true class for RCB against CSK
Virat Kohli has scored a total of 154 runs in 10 innings at an average of 17.11 © IANS (Representational pic)

Virat Kohli has had a forgettable Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 so far. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain hasn’t got one score of 50 or above in 10 innings in IPL 7. Now Bangalore face the formidable Chennai Super Kings on May 18 in a must-win clash. Shrikant Shankar writes Kohli must show his true class and come to the fore if Bangalore are to keep their chances alive.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) face an uphill task to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 play-offs. They currently are in sixth place in the IPL 7 Points Table with only eight points after 10 matches. The top three positions are more or less settled with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the race. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Bangalore are vying for that lone fourth spot. So, obviously it is not going to be easy.

For Bangalore, much will depend on the form of Virat Kohli. The captain has not had an IPL to remember so far. In 10 matches, Kohli has not managed to get a score of 50 or above. He has scored a total of 154 runs in 10 innings at an average of 17.11. His strike-rate is 106.94. Add to that, Kohli has got out for a duck thrice. He has only scored 13 fours and five sixes. These are not numbers one would associate with Kohli. His last five innings read like this – 0, 35, 0, 4 and 10. Clearly, he has not been in his best form.

IPL 2014: Virat Kohli must show true class for RCB against CSK
Virat Kohli reacts after getting dismissed in the IPL match against Kings XI Punjab © PTI

But it didn’t start all poorly. His first five innings read like this – 49 not out, 0, 31, 21 and 4. Kohli was not able to make his starts count in the early part and now is struggling as a consequence. Even for a player of Kohli’s calibre, confidence is vital. These scores will not give him the confidence to go ahead and play his natural attacking game. He will be a little cautious during his innings and it will affect his overall game. But with only four matches in the group stages remaining, Kohli must shine for Bangalore.

They face the formidable Chennai outfit on May 18 at Ranchi. The crowd will be rooting for local hero MS Dhoni and his team. So, Bangalore have their backs to the ball before the coin has been flipped. Bangalore are a little lucky that Yuvraj Singh has come back to form in roaring fashion. AB de Villiers can always be relied upon. Chris Gayle’s poor form has also hurt Bangalore’s chances in IPL 7. Kohli’s lean run has not helped their situation. These four are Bangalore’s best players and main hopes. If two do not perform on a consistent basis, victory will seem like a herculean task.

Bangalore’s bowling has been leaking far too many runs for their own liking. So, it is imperative that the main four perform in each of the matches remaining. It all starts with the captain and if Kohli can find his form against Chennai, Bangalore will have a great chance. Maybe Kohli can take a cue from Yuvraj and turn his form.

The left-hander was ridiculed after India’s loss in the ICC World T20 2014 final, but he has put his doubters to rest by hammering 16 sixes and eight fours in his last two innings. Kohli faced no such hardship, so, the pressure is not that much compared to what Yuvraj faced. Either way, Kohli needs to show his class and come to the fore if Bangalore are to keep their play-off chances alive.

Click here for IPL 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

Murali Vijay’s 144 among most runs scored by an Indian on Day 1 of overseas Test

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail tales

Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

Alastair Cook says he would take time to overcome disappointment following World Cup sacking

India vs Australia 2014-15: Shane Watson must contribute with bat to justify he is an all-rounder, believes Darren Lehmann

India vs Australia 2014-15: Brad Haddin should score more runs, believes Darren Lehamnn

Matthew Hayden: It’s ludicrous Kevin Pietersen is not in the England squad

Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Karnataka lose seven on Day 1 against Railways

Surrey throw away wickets to win against Nottinghamshire

Pakistan Under-19 captain Saud Shakeel ticks all the right boxes

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

India vs Australia 2014: Visitors would do well to back aggression up with performances

South Africa vs Pakistan 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here