Virat Kohli will play for RCB without responsibility as captain this season.© BCCI/IPL
As Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) prepare to kick off their 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign, one big question surrounding them is the position of Virat Kohli’s shot. Kohli’s best season came as an opening in 2016, but he has been playing at No.3 lately. Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag said if RCB did not have an excellent opening option, Kohli should start the innings for them alongside Faf du Plessis, but ideally he should play at No.3.
“If Faf du Plessis opens the curtain and they have another player who can leverage the team as an opener then I will go with that player and then play against Virat Kohli at No.3. But if not, which I can see clearly, there is no opener the top tier that takes advantage of the powerplay period then Kohli-Faf is the opening pair they should go. But I’m a big fan if Kohli plays at No.3, “Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
He then explained why he felt one-down was the best role for Kohli.
“It’s because then he will be under pressure to score in a power game if he opens the curtain and that will make him vulnerable to relegation and if Kohli comes out early in the half, it naturally boosts the confidence of the opposing team,” Sehwag said. .
He uses the example of the legendary Sachin Tendlkar.
“Like when Sachin Tendulkar once came and hit for India. If he ever came out in powerplay then the opposition team would be on top. That’s why Kohli had to hit at No.3. Then Maxwell came in, Karthik at No. 5 and the shot looked long “If RCB loses Faf, Kohli and Maxwell in a power game, they have no one to save,” he said.
RCB will start their IPL 2022 campaign against the Punjab Kings on Sunday.
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