After an average outing with the bat in the Test series – India captain Virat Kohli turned the tide in the limited-overs series against England to gave a glimpse of his supreme batting form. Kohli smashed five half-centuries in eight matches – five T20Is and three ODIs – versus England to rekindle his touch ahead of the much-awaited Indian Premier League, which begins on April 9 in Chennai. Kohli’s form and his confidence are ‘really pleasing’ and will remain crucial for the fortunes of Royal Challengers Bangalore who will leave no stone unturned to lift their maiden title.

Mike Hesson, RCB’s Director of Cricket, on Wednesday confirmed that skipper Kohli will bat at the top of the order in the upcoming IPL 2021. India skipper Kohli’s masterclass in the series decider against England came when he decided to open the batting in the fifth T20I along with Rohit Sharma. Kohli hammered 80 runs off 52 balls to steer India to 224/2 in the allotted 20 overs. After the win, Kohli had said he is going to open in IPL and Hesson confirmed that the RCB skipper will bat at the top of the order.

“Look for me, form is important. More importantly, it’s about the confidence that they bring in. Some players need performance to get that confidence. Some don’t. Virat is so experienced with RCB. He is going to bat at the top of the order. It’s a position that he knows well,” Hesson said in a virtual press conference.

“He is in fine touch at the moment. His tempo is really pleasing. I thought the way he played against England in those T20Is just showed that his tempo is really good and he can control the innings. That’s something that we have seen, on his day when he does that for RCB, we know we are going to get an above-par score,” he further said.

“I know Virat will turn up confident. He is hugely passionate about playing for RCB. Can’t wait to have him on board. And we can’t wait for our first game,” Hesson added.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that Kohli will be joining the RCB camp on April 1 in Chennai. Kohli has already begun his preparation for the cash-rich league. The RCB skipper on Monday shared a glimpse from his workout routine.

RCB is set to play the IPL 2021 opener against Mumbai Indians on April 9 in Chennai.