Virat Kohli and RCB captain Faf du Plessis have opened the batting for the team, and in two games, they have combined for 103 runs.
Virat Kohli has started the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 with over 100 runs in his first two games.
Fans who have dreamed of seeing the team win the coveted trophy since the start of the T20 league in 2008 have been encouraged by Kohli’s performances.
However, in the future, former India star Irfan Pathan has urged Kohli to bat for the RCB in the middle order rather than the opening position.
Given that Kohli appeared to be in pretty good form while opening for the Bengaluru franchise, Pathan’s remarks came as a big surprise. However, the retired all-rounder had a point.
“This year’s RCB looks different because Virat Kohli’s bat is hitting runs in the first few games. However, there is no assurance that he will win every game and score at the same rate throughout the season.
Other batters on the RCB team will have to be prepared for the challenge and demonstrate their abilities and roles in a tournament like this.
Additionally, I do not believe Kohli should bat first for RCB,” Pathan stated on Star Sports.
Even Tom Moody, a former Australian cricketer, believes that RCB’s middle order is weak, making it risky for Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli to take the top two spots.
Teams will attempt to exploit this weakness and dismiss Kohli and Faf early because the middle order of the RCB seems to be weak, in my opinion.
“They’ll be very much in the game against RCB if the opposition teams manage to take a couple of wickets in the powerplays,” he said.
India great Sunil Gavaskar says that Kohli has been looking gloomy lately in the Twenty20 format, but he will definitely need the help of other batsmen in TATA IPL 2023.
“Kohli is RCB’s biggest hope for this year. The likelihood of RCB victory rises if he performs well in each match.
One of the biggest stars is Virat; Fans of every team, not just RCB, would like to see runs from his bat. However, the team’s other players will need to step up their game and share the burden,” he stated.