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IPL 2020: KKR struggle with Andre Russell, Sunil Narine against in-form Kohli’s RCB

KKR are on third place in the IPL 2020 poinstable after registering two back-to-back wins against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. KKR will look to complete their hat-trick win against RCB. On the other hand, the biggest positive for RCB is that captain Kohli has finally got his form back

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Virat Kohli’s resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore and Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with each other on Monday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The Kolkata Knight Riders is standing a place above the RCB due to better net run rate but the inconsistency in batting has been an issue for both the teams. While the bowlers from both sides performed well on the field in a last few matches.

KKR are on third place in the IPL 2020 poinstable after registering two back-to-back wins against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. KKR will look to complete their hat-trick win against RCB. On the other hand, the biggest positive for RCB is that captain Kohli has finally got his form back. Kohli scored a match-winning 90 run in the last match against CSK when other RCB batsmen failed to score runs on the board.

RCBs left-handed opener Devdutt Padikkal has been in good touch but AB de Villiers has looked out of their form in recent innings. The big-hitting Aaron Finch is also struggling to provide a good start to their team.

Meanwhile for KKR, the biggest cause of concern will be the availability of big-hitter Andre Russell, who hurt his knee when he dived into the advertisement boards after missing a catch on Saturday. Skipper Dinesh Karthik did not reveal the extent of the injury after the match against King XI Punjab.

KKR have witnessed batting inconsistency this year. Shubman Gill has been fabulous at the top with two half-centuries so far. Nitish Rana has looked good while Eoin Morgan has also been erratic. Skipper Karthik, who were facing a lot of criticism for his batting, was back among runs with a vital 29-ball 58 against KXIP.

The two sides have played 24 IPL matches against each other, KKR win 14 of them and RCB sealing victories in 10 games. Both teams have won their four matches out of six.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Shivam Mavi and Manimaran Siddharth

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Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa and Gurkeerat Singh Mann.

Match details

Time: 07: 30 PM IST

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

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Fans react to viral video of MS Dhoni in RCB dressing room after a warm welcome in Chinnaswamy

CSK is all set to clash with RCB tomorrow, on Saturday, at 7:30 PM

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The former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni, was recently seen in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dressing room. The now-viral video was posted by RCB’s official social account, in which they were seen welcoming Dhoni with a cup of tea.

Sharing the video on social media, RCB captioned it, Welcome to Bengaluru Mahi. The viral video got a lot of attention, as till now the video has gained 17 lakh likes and 4000 comments. This gesture of sportsmanship has won hearts across the cricket fraternity.

Fans on social media are loving this display of respect and fair play between archrivals. Many fans have expressed their appreciation for the mutual respect between Dhoni and the RCB team. It’s a refreshing reminder that even during fierce competition, the spirit of sportsmanship can prevail.

Social media reacted to the video by saying it was divided by teams and united by Chai. People on social media commented that this is what cricket is all about: respect for the game and the legends expressing their love for cricket as a sport. A user wrote, who would know that they’d see Mahi in the RCB den.

Another user commented, saying, this warms his heart. It is great to see such generosity despite the competition, A third user said. Even former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag shared his emotions, saying it looks like Dhoni forgot which dressing room he was in! Just kidding, this is brilliant stuff, he added. Sehwag also said this shows the true spirit of the game.

Meanwhile, under the captainship of MS Dhoni, CSK has lifted the IPL trophy 5-times, while RCB is yet to a title.

Ruturaj Gaikwad-led CSK is all set to clash with Faf du Plessis-led RCB tomorrow, on Saturday, at 7:30 PM. The heated clash will be live streamed on Jio Tv.

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Virat Kohli reveals post-retirement plans, says fans won’t see him for a while

Virat Kohli currently leads the list of top run-scorers in the ongoing IPL 2024, having amassed an impressive 661 runs in 13 innings at a striking strike rate of 155.16 and an outstanding average of 66.10.

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Former India captain and Royal Challengers Bangluru (RCB)’s star player Virat Kohli has unveiled his post-retirement plans. The cricketer hinted that once he finishes his career, he won’t appear in the limelight for a duration of time and will be on hiatus before taking the next step.

While Virat Kohli has typically kept his retirement intentions under wraps, he recently made a notable statement, articulating his aspiration to conclude his career with no regrets and to continue giving his utmost until he decides to step away from the game.

Ahead of the RCB’s big clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), at the Royal Gala Dinner in Bengaluru, the 35-year-old cricketer shared insights into his contemplations about life after retirement from cricket. He expressed the significance of acknowledging the finite nature of a sports career. He conveyed a proactive approach towards planning for the eventual conclusion of his playing days, emphasizing the need to confront this reality head-on. Kohli underscored his determination to avoid any semblance of regret by meticulously addressing all unfinished objectives and aspirations before bidding farewell to the sport that has defined his existence.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli currently leads the list of top run-scorers in the ongoing IPL 2024, having amassed an impressive 661 runs in 13 innings at a striking strike rate of 155.16 and an outstanding average of 66.10. His remarkable performance includes 5 fifties and one century. Despite Kohli’s stellar contributions, RCB is on the fifth position on the IPL table with 12 points from 13 matches.

Following the IPL, Virat Kohli is gearing up to represent India in the ICC T20 World Cup, with the aim of ending India’s ICC trophy drought. Initially, there were uncertainties about Kohli’s inclusion in the squad, fueled by reports suggesting selectors’ concerns about his T20 approach. However, Kohli silenced his critics with sensational power-hitting and a high strike rate during IPL 2024, reaffirming his indispensability to the Indian team.

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Gautam Gambhir still regrets not using SKY to his best potential in KKR

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Former Indian cricket player Gautam Gambir has expressed his regret for not utilizing Suryakumar Yadav’s potential during his 10 years tenure as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He added that the team never managed to use Suryakumar Yadav to his potential.

He further reasoned that Suryakumar Yadav played down the order in several matches because he could play only one player at no. 3, and as a captain, he had to think about the other players in the playing XI. The former KKR captain recalled that Yadav was always willing to contribute to the squad, whether he was benched or played at No. 6 or 7.

Gautam Gambhir said that Suryakumar Yadav, who currently plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL, can perform best accross all formats and is a key player when it comes to ODI. He asserted that the Mumbai Indians player can be dangerous in the ODI format as well. The KKR coach hoped that Yadav will not make himself a one-format player, and keep working hard.

Suryakumar Yadav started his IPL career with Mumbai Indians in 2011 and played a crucial role in winning the trophy that year. In 2014, he was moved to KKR for 4 years where he played under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy. Featuring as a lower middle-order batter in KKR, Suryakumar Yadav showcased his batting prowess, accumulating 608 runs in 54 matches. In 2018, Suryakumar was again bought by Mumbai Indians where he bats at No 3.

Reacting to Gautam Ghambir’s regret for not utilising Suryakumar Yadav to his potential, social media users shared old posts from 2015 in which Gambir appreciated the entire KKR team but especially praised Suryakumar Yadav and asked fans to give him the nickname SKY.

Some X, formerly Twitter users also shared pictures of Gambhir and Suryakumar when they were teammates and played for KKR. They also posted runs scored by Suryakumar Yadav in T20 matches and praised his captaincy in T20 matches against Australia in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma and Vice-captain Hardik Pandya.

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