Kohli defends strike-rate critics, asserts ability to win games after IPL century

Kohli defends strike-rate critics, asserts ability to win games after IPL century

In a cricket match on Thursday night, Virat Kohli, a key player for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), put on an amazing performance. He achieved his sixth century in the league, reaching the milestone in just 62 deliveries. 

Kohli’s century played a crucial role in RCB’s impressive 8-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad, solidifying their position in the playoff stages of the season. Alongside captain Faf du Plessis, who scored 71 runs, Kohli led RCB to successfully chase down a target of 187 runs. The team reached their goal with four balls to spare.

His outstanding performance earned him the well-deserved title of Player of the Match. During the post-match presentation, he unintentionally addressed the criticism he had faced regarding his scoring rate in recent matches. Although he had been criticized for slow starts earlier in the season, Kohli silenced his critics by scoring 32 runs off 20 balls in the powerplay and ultimately reaching his century in just 62 deliveries.

When asked about his relatively poorer record against Sunrisers Hyderabad, with 569 runs in 20 matches at an average of 31.61 before Thursday’s game, Kohli expressed that such statistics didn’t bother him much. He emphasized his trust in his technique and his preference for avoiding extravagant shots.

During the presentation, Kohli said, “I was telling the team that the way people perceive me as an IPL player is like ‘yeah, he’s fine, a few impact knocks.’ But this is my 6th IPL hundred. I don’t give myself enough credit. I never dwell on past records, even if they are not great numbers against Sunrisers Hyderabad.”

Kohli elaborated, “I focus on my own pressure. External opinions are just that – opinions. Having experienced the situation myself, I know how to win matches. I’ve been doing it for a while. I contribute to my team’s victories and take pride in adapting to the situation.”

“I have never been a person who would go for flashy shots and risk wickets. With Test cricket coming up after the IPL, I need to stay true to my technique. Making an impact in important games gives me confidence and instills confidence in the team,” added Kohli.

Next, RCB will play their final league phase match against the Gujarat Titans on Sunday night, marking their last game before the playoffs begin next week.

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